World War II Displacement

World War II Displacement (HMJEA)

Location: Marion, OH 43302 Marion County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 36.923', W 83° 4.387'

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"The Old Farm Went to War"

Side A:
During the early months of World War II, citizens as well as soldiers made enormous sacrifices for the war effort. In March 1942 the War Department announced plans to build a 13,000-acre munitions manufacturing complex northeast of Marion. Using the power of eminent domain, the U.S. Government purchased the homes and farms of 126 families in the Likens Chapel community. Given only two months to vacate their property, many displaced farmers found the government-appraised values for their land inadequate for buying similar farms elsewhere and [the] growing season too advanced to plant new crops.
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Side B:
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The Scioto Ordnance Plant began assembling bombs, shells, and fuses in late fall 1942. It was phased out after only one year as its production became surplus. The adjacent Marion Engineer Depot continued operations for the duration of the war, serving as a distribution point for war material and also as a prisoner-of-war camp. Likens Chapel and cemetery, which stand ½ mile north, is one of few remnants of an entire community sacrificed for the war effort. Though many of the farmers suffered tremendous hardships, most recognized the necessity of their displacement at a time of national crisis.
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HM NumberHMJEA
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
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Marker Number9-51
Year Placed2000
Placed ByOhio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, City of Marion, Marion Municipal Airport and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 10:09pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 324632 N 4498128
Decimal Degrees40.61538333, -83.07311667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 36.923', W 83° 4.387'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 36' 55.38" N, 83° 4' 23.22" W
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Area Code(s)614, 740, 419
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2090 Chapel Heights St, Marion OH 43302, US
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