Rainbow Soldier, a War Memorial

Rainbow Soldier, a War Memorial (HM216T)

Location: Montgomery, AL 36104 Montgomery County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 22.839', W 86° 18.817'

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Rainbow Division - Croix Rouge Farm - 167th Alabama Infantry Regiment - July 26, 1918


On August 28, 1917, 3,677 Alabama National Guardsmen departed
from Montgomery's Union Station for shipment to France as the
167th United States Infantry Regiment of the Rainbow Divison.

Serving in the 84th Brigade, with their sister regiment,
the 168th of Iowa, they distinguished themselves in four operations:

Champagne - Marne | Oise - Aisne | St. Mihiel | Meuse - Argonne

and especially at the battle of Croix Rouge Farm and at the the capture
of Côte de Châtillon under the leadership of Douglas MacArthur who later wrote:

"Two battalions of the 167th Infantry assisted by the 168th Infantry on the left, with
the greatest courage and most severe losses, seized Croix Rouge Farm on the point
of the bayonet. The unexpectedness and violence, and the difficulty of this vital
operation cannot be overestimated; the gallantry and courage
of the assaulting
troops has never been excelled in the Rainbow's history."

Having suffered 616 killed in action and more than a thousand wounded
during World War I, the 167th returned to this station on May 12, 1919.They were celebrated as the "Immortals" by the largest crowd ever to assemble
on the grounds of the State Capitol.

Colonel William Preston Screws, a native of Montgomery and a regular
army officer, organized, trained and led the regiment in combat in World War I.

The United States
World War One
Centennial Commission.

Rear small dedication plaque

Dedicated on August 28, 2017,
the Centennial of the 167th United States Infantry Regiment of
the Rainbow Division leaving this Union Station destined for France.

This sculpture is a gift from the Croix Rouge Farm Memorial Foundation to the city of
Montgomery through the generosity of
Nimrod Thompson Frazer, Silver Star, whose
father Sergeant William Johnson Frazer was a Purple Heart veteran of the 167th Infantry
Regiment and served in France with the regiment throughout World War One.
HM NumberHM216T
Year Placed2017
Placed ByThe Croix Rouge Farm Memorial Foundation and Nimrod Thompson Frazer
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, August 28th, 2017 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 564563 N 3582836
Decimal Degrees32.38065000, -86.31361667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 22.839', W 86° 18.817'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 22' 50.34" N, 86° 18' 49.02" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)334
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 256-300 Water St, Montgomery AL 36104, US
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