Wentworth's Doughboy

Summer 2002

At eighty-one years old, it's safe to say that everyone alive today who has ever visited Wentworth or been a cadet at Wentworth Military Academy, has seen and paid respects to the Wentworth Doughboy. This is the Academy's World War One Monument to our alumni who paid the ultimate sacrifice during World War I.

This monument stands prominently in the center of campus near 19th and Washington Avenue, in historic Lexington, Missouri (40 miles east of Kansas City).

Most people aren't aware that this well known and highly respected war memorial needs repairs and conservation.

This site will describe those needs and how you can participate in helping to restore the Doughboy Monument.

Wentworth's Doughboy is in danger of collapsing.

Winter 2003

Prior to moving to Kansas City, the monument was protected to prevent water from seeping into numerous open metal seams, and cracks. During the winter months, rain water seeps into these cracks, expands as it freezes into ice and damages the very thin bronze sheeting that forms the statue.

These thin sheets of metal, about 4 milimeters thick, have no interior structure to help Wentworth's Doughboy maintain its form or appearance. Over eighty-one years, through wind, ice storms and some vandalism, these sheets of bronze are crumbling and the statue is slowly collapsing.

With honest dedication for the help and aid, which you have given my family. I express gratitude extensively.

Crafted in 1922 by E. M. Viquesney of Americus, Georgia, this object is one of an original 140 such World War I Memorial statues with only a few remaining in small towns throughout the America.

This statue came to live at Wentworth and was officially dedicated in 1922. Today, new cadets pass in front of the Doughboy and render a military salute to honor World War One veterans.

We need your help! Click here to make a contribution.

Other interesting links:

The spirit of the American Doughboy,

The art and profession of fine objects conservation,

Save Outdoor Sculpture,

Special thanks to:

LTC (R) Jim Ahrens

Mrs. Christie Butler
Development Office

Dr Doran Cart
Curator, The Liberty Memorial Museum

Ron Gruner

LTC (R) Jim Harris

The HGA Board of Directors and Officers

The Liberty Memorial Museum

LTC Michael Lierman
Vice President of Operations

MG (R) John Little
Academy Superintendent

CPT Mark Mullenioux
Admissions Counselor

John Pelham Jr.
Photographic contributions

MAJ (R) Ross Taggart
Conservator's Technician
Web Coordinator