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The first Nederland Honor Roll was dedicated on Sunday, July 4, 1943. The board was sponsored by the Nederland Alumni Association and Nederland Chamber of Commerce to honor all men and women in military service from Nederland. At the time Evelyn Chester was President of the Nederland Alumni Association.
The board was red, white and blue and located on the corner of Main street and Mena avenue. Today that is Boston and 13th St. There were 305 names on the board initially. New names were added as other men and women enlisted and by April 1944, the list had grown to 375 names.
In July 1945, three organizations provided a new honor roll for service men and women. The roll was located across the street from the First Baptist Church. The organizations that took part in promoting the new board were the Nederland Alumni Association, Nederland Chamber of Commerce, and Nederland Lions Club. There were approximately 500 names of men and women that were in the armed service on the honor roll from the Nederland area. In the center of the board were the names of 17 men who gave their lives during their service.
It should be noted that this was a temporary sign meant to honor Nederland's service men during WWII. We've tried to determine the fate of the wall, but have had no success at this time. The Chronicle, 22 September 1948, pg. 9 indicated that the Port Neches wartime Honor Roll was recycled by the Port Neches Junior Chamber of Commerce into a sign promoting the City and it's various civic groups. Maybe Nederland's sign was also repurposed. If we discover what happened to Nederland's Honor Roll, we'll update this information.
Articles on the Nederland Honor Wall:
"Donations to Be Solicited For Nederland Honor Roll," The Chronicle, 22 January 1943, pg. 1.
"Military Men to Be Honored In Nederland," The Chronicle, 26 March 1943, pg. 1.
"Nederland to Dedicate Roll For Service Men On July 4," The Chronicle, 25 June 1943, pg. 1
"McNeill to Speak at Dedication of Nederland Service Honor Roll," Port Arthur News, 1 July 1943, pg. ?
"Nederland Service Roll Is Growing," The Chronicle, 14 April 1944, pg. 1.
"Service Honor Roll Complete in Nederland," The Chronicle, 15 June 1945, pg. 1
"Nederland Service Honor Roll" photo, The Chronicle, 6 July 1945, pg. 1
Photo of Evelyn Chester with Nederland Honor Wall ca 1943. Miss Chester was the president of the Nederland High School Alumni Association. The Association was one of the sponsors of the Honor Roll. The photo was donated to the Library by her nephew, Marvin Newman.
Nederland's War Memorial is a monument to the 17 Nederland men who lost their lives in World War II. It was dedicated on January 25, 1948. The Nederland High School Alumni Association presented the bronze memorial plaque to the city. In 2001, the marker was attached to the back side of the new Nederland Veterans Honor Wall.
Articles on Nederland's War Memorial:
"Nederland's War Memorial to Be Dedicated Sunday," The Chronicle, 11 January 1948, pg. 1
This granite monument was erected to honor soldiers who died in World War I and World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. The monument was placed in Tex Ritter Park and was dedicated on November 10, 2001.
Twenty-four names are on the monument:
Vernon Butler -- WWI
J. L. Redd, Jr. -- WWI
Percy Baker -- WWII
William R. Clark -- WWII
Harry Doornbos -- WWII
Edward Hughes -- WWII
Harold Knowles -- WWII
Henry Broussard -- WWII
Lester Clotiaux -- WWII
Martin Ener -- WWII
George Jones -- WWII
Kermit Carter -- WWII
Louis Docken -- WWII
R. B. Gregory -- WWII
Charles Kenmedge -- WWII
Paul Ritchie -- WWII
Charles Rowland -- WWII
Richard Ron -- WWII
J. D. Savoy, Jr. -- WWII
Louis H. Smith -- WWII
Clarence Peterson -- WWII
Christopher Ancelet -- Korean War
Jimmy Howard -- Vietnam
Bobby Vinson -- Vietnam
Article on the 2001 Veterans Monument:
"City, Veterans unveil new monument," Mid County Chronicle, 7 November 2001, pg. 1.
Photographs from the dedication of the Monument.