Free Servicemen's Canteen, 1942-1946

Free Servicemen's Canteen, 1942-1946 (HMTH2)

Location: Bellefontaine, OH 43311 Logan County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 21.679', W 83° 45.824'

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Representative of the patriotic spirit of the homefront during World War II, the Big Four Route Veterans Association Women's Auxiliary No. 3 operated a free canteen service for troops in a small white building on the platform of the New York Central Railroad. Staffed and funded entirely by volunteers, donations came from ten counties. The 170 volunteer ladies met servicemen with welcoming words, thousands of sandwiches, desserts, fruits, drinks, and cigarettes, despite federal government rationing restrictions. Approximately 702,779 soldiers, sailors, and marines were fed on their trips to and from the European and Pacific theaters of war. This was one of the few known canteens known to serve all nationalities and races. Margaret Clingerman, who started the canteen, influenced the establishment of six other canteens in Ohio.
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HM NumberHMTH2
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
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Marker Number9-46
Year Placed2007
Placed ByLogan County Historical Society and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 7:05am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 265321 N 4471528
Decimal Degrees40.36131667, -83.76373333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 21.679', W 83° 45.824'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 21' 40.74" N, 83° 45' 49.44" W
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Area Code(s)937
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 301-365 W Columbus Ave, Bellefontaine OH 43311, US
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