Vereen Bell Highway

Vereen Bell Highway (HMZWL)

Location: Waycross, GA 31503 Ware County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 7.776', W 82° 16.032'

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This access road into the great Okefenokee Swamp was named by the Georgia Legislature (1946) in memory of VEREEN BELL, Lt. USNR, young Georgia patriot and writer, who by his novel "SWAMP WATER" gave to the world insights into this unique area, and who gave his life for his country in World War II.

Born in Cairo, GA., Oct. 5, 1911; Davidson College A.B., 1932; home later, Thomasville; wife and two children; died Oct. 26, 1944.

His brilliant but brief literary career included two novels, many short stories and articles. He wrote mostly of nature and outdoor life, including the Okefenokee, which he loved and made the locale of several stories. Two separate motion pictures were made from "SWAMP WATER," (20th C. Fox, 1942, 1952).

Volunteering for the Navy 1943, he became Intelligence Officer of Air Combat Squadron VC-10 on aircraft carrier GAMBIER BAY.

This valiant ship was sunk in the Battle for Leyte, Oct. 23, 1944. VEREEN BELL was injured, died the next day and was buried at sea of Samar Island, P.I. He dies nobly and unafraid.

Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number148-1
Year Placed1953
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 4:04pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 379184 N 3444655
Decimal Degrees31.12960000, -82.26720000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 7.776', W 82° 16.032'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 7' 46.56" N, 82° 16' 1.92" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 59-99 Vereen Bell Hwy, Waycross GA 31503, US
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