Homer Givens

Homer Givens (HMIQQ)

Location: Florence, AL 35630 Lauderdale County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 49.044', W 87° 40.825'

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1898 - 1971

— America's First World War I Hero —

The home of Homer Givens, America's first hero in World War I was located .4 of a mile north of this intersection. Following a bloody two-hour battle on November 1, 1917 Corporal Givens stood alone after his comrades had fallen.
He then managed to kill three enemy soldiers before being severely wounded by twenty-three pieces of shrapnel. Givens was decorated with France's highest military honor, the Croix De Guerre, His award ceremony was attended by General John J Pershing, Commander of the American Expeditionary Forces.
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Placed ByFlorence Historical Board Florence Alabama
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 7:56pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 437772 N 3853004
Decimal Degrees34.81740000, -87.68041667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 49.044', W 87° 40.825'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 49' 2.64" N, 87° 40' 49.50" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1154 N Wood Ave, Florence AL 35630, US
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