Servicemen's Free Canteen

Servicemen's Free Canteen (HMF6D)

Location: Lima, OH 45801 Allen County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 44.691', W 84° 6.14'

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The Lima Chapter of the American Women's Voluntary Services Organization established a community-based, free canteen during World War II for troops traveling on the Pennsylvania Railroad and adjacent Baltimore & Ohio-Nickel Plate Railroads. Meeting as many as forty trains a day, the ladies served 2.5 million troops between 1942-1945. Food, coffee, and other items were donated to the canteen from a twelve county area. The "AWVS" disbanded in 1945, but succeeding volunteers continued to provide service throughout the Korean Conflict and Viet Nam War. Lima's "Servicemen's Free Canteen" was the longest, continuously operated service canteen in the United States. An estimated four million soldiers, sailors, and marines were served between 1942-1970.
HM NumberHMF6D
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number6-2
Year Placed2007
Placed ByAllen County Historical Society, Lima Community Foundation, City of Lima Utilities Department, Downtown Lima, Inc., and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 12:15am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 744651 N 4514473
Decimal Degrees40.74485000, -84.10233333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 44.691', W 84° 6.14'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 44' 41.46" N, 84° 6' 8.40" W
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Area Code(s)419, 937, 567
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 419 N Central Ave, Lima OH 45801, US
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