LSU Rededicates Memorial Oak Grove on the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day


Memorial Oak Grove Ceremony

LSU held a rededication ceremony for the Memorial Oak Grove on Nov. 11, the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. 

Photo: Eddy Perez, LSU

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Memorial Oak Grove has been reimagined as a prominent place of remembrance, and on Sunday, Nov. 11, the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, a rededication ceremony was held on campus at the site. 

During the rededication ceremony, the LSU Corps of Cadets conducted a roll call of the 30 men honored as part of the Memorial Oak Grove. Descendants of those honored in the memorial were invited to attend the ceremony, which included remarks from LSU's Interim Executive Vice President & Provost Stacia Haynie, a dedicatory prayer, the LSU Alma Mater and Taps. 

"In coming together now, we reaffirm a commitment that was made in 1926 – LSU will not forget those who sacrificed and served and nor will we," Haynie said. "In rededicating Memorial Oak Grove on this, the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, we renew promised to honor the ideals that have always made our nation great."

The Memorial Oak Grove was originally dedicated on March 12, 1926, to honor the 30 LSU men who lost their lives in the war. Thirty-one live oak trees were planted, one for each of the fallen and one for an unknown soldier, as a living reminder of their sacrifice and service to the country. Plans have been in the works to improve the landscaping and to provide an educational component to tell the story of those who are memorialized, the grove itself and the war.

Memorial Oak Rededication

Thirty-one live oak trees were planted in the Memorial Oak Grove, one for each of the fallen and one for an unknown soldier, as a living reminder of their sacrifice and service to the country in World War I. Photo: Eddy Perez, LSU

Haynie said, "The trees that you see here today and that we commemorate are an especially apt memorial, for they draw their great strength from the same soil that supported each of the young men to whom they are dedicated. With the passing of time, their majestic canopy, which now defines Memorial Oak Grove, has symbolically united the lives, service and sacrifice of LSU’s own."

LSU’s military traditions date from its founding in 1860. As with other institutions which have a strong military history and heritage, LSU experienced the pain caused by the loss of lives of many of its alumni who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the nation’s armed forces. Several memorials have been established on campus in their honor and serve as vivid reminders of their service and sacrifice.

Below is a full list of those honored at the Memorial Oak Grove: 

Name Years at LSU Hometown
Milton W. Adams 1916-1917 Natchitoches
Leslie Phillip Backes 1916-1918 New Orleans
Lawrence Edward Brogan 1909-1910 Baton Rouge
David Jenkins Ewing Jr. LLB 1916 New Orleans
John F. Goodrich BS 1909 Highland
Ike Hahn Gottlieb BS 1913 Baton Rouge
James Oliphant Hall BA 1913 Calcasieu Parish
Henry N. Huck 1916-1917 Independence
Leslie Carl Hunt BS 1918 Tucker
John Seymour Joseph 1912-1913 Eunice
Alan Louis Labbe 1907-1909 St. Martinville
David Thompson Land Jr. BS 1915 Shreveport
Ireanus J. Lietemeyer 1902-1903 New Iberia
Phillip John McMahon 1912-1916 Thibodaux
Lewis Hypolite Martin BA 1911 Breaux Bridge
Alan Loughery Melton 1916-1917 Coushatta
William Digby Morgan BS 1907 Tangipahoa
Cecil Anthony Neuhauser BS 1911 Slidell
Jasper Joseph Neyland BA 1914 Washington
David J. Ory   Reserve
Walter Asbury Phillips 1910-1913 Barbreck
Maurice Joseph Picheloup Jr. 1909-1910 New Orleans
Thomas James Powell Jr. 1901-1903 Lake Providence
Daune Horton Rutledge 1914-1918 Robeline
Julian Bowles Sanford BS 1900 Rapides Parish
Stuart Doremus Simonton BS 1917 Vernon
Charles Nichols Singletary 1914-1917 Sugartown
Wilburn Edward Scott BA 1912 Kingston
Henry Ras Thomas 1917-1918 Collins, Miss.
Charles P. Willis 1912-1913 Shreveport


Video: LSU's Memorial Oak Grove Rededication


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