Polar Bears

Polar Bears (HM96S)

Location: Huntington Woods, MI 48070 Oakland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 28.641', W 83° 9.656'

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Dedicated to the American North Russian Expeditionary Forces known as the "Polar Bears".

From September 4, 1918, to June 15, 1919, fifty-five hundred American Soldiers of the 339th Infantry regiment (with elements of the 310th Engineers and the 337th Ambulance and Hospital Companies) fought Bolshevic Russian forces under harsh Arctic conditions near Archangel, Russia. Since most of these soldiers came from Michigan, and of those, most were from Detroit, they were known as "Detroit's Own - Polar Bears". Of the "Polar Bear" Soldiers, 232 died and 307 were wounded. In 1929, five former "Polar Bears" returned to North Russia to recover the remains of those left behind. They recovered 86 bodies of which 56 were buried around a white marble Polar Bear sculpture at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery, Troy, Michigan.

Presented by White Chapel Memorial Cemetery and Matthews International Corporation.
HM NumberHM96S
Series This marker is part of the More Than Words series
Year Placed2003
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 12:53am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 322376 N 4705040
Decimal Degrees42.47735000, -83.16093333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 28.641', W 83° 9.656'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 28' 38.46" N, 83° 9' 39.36" W
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Area Code(s)248
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8571-8699 Huntington Rd, Huntington Woods MI 48070, US
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