The Memorial Grove was built to be part of the Chemical Corps Museum Complex at Fort McClellan, Alabama. When the Museum was
finished, the grove was designed and completed by Lieutenant Colonel John Schmidt. At the time, he was the Executive Officer
of the Chemical School. The initial grove was built using U.S. Army Chemical School Staff and Faculty volunteer Labor.
Associations of the individual chemical units who have memorials there now provided the memorials initially placed within the park.
The park was expanded in the early 1990s under the direction of Lieutenant Colonel Stanley H. Lillie, the Executive Officer of the
school. The designer of the expansion part was Mr. T. K. Miller, the museum curator.
The Chemical Corps Regimental
Association placed the memorials to Americas wars and to the soldiers of the Chemical Corps honored on the memorials in the new extension
of the grove.
The Base Realignment and Closure Commission paid to move the memorials from its McClellan location to a new
location near the Fort Leonard Wood World War II museum complex. The initial design the basic way you see the grove now
was developed by the then curator Mr. T. K. Miller.
The Memorial Grove is now used for a Rite of Passage Ceremony where new
members of the Chemical Corps perform a ceremony where they become members of the Chemical Corps Regiment. The grove contains
enough area for further enlargement of by Chemical Corps Veterans Associations.
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