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  • James Hall

Joplin Independent

Updated: May 31, 2019

A crossed pistol bronze statue created by artist James Hall III of Springfield, MO for the Military Police Regimental Memorial Grove at Fort Leonard Wood was formally dedicated in a private ceremony recently. The statue serves as a memorial to fallen military police soldiers and will be the threshold that all such future graduating soldiers will pass under to symbolize their completion of training. Hall, who has extensive experience in custom bronze sculptures and realistic museum fabrication, conferred with Jim Rogers, the Military Police Museum director in the study of numerous insignia, including two examples of the Harper's Ferry flintlock pistol that was the pattern for the original insignia design in 1922 in the museum's collection. With the help of a team of select artists, Hall meticulously sculpted the piece before it was cast in bronze by Ad Astra Foundry in Kansas and then placed atop two brick columns.

The Military Police Corps Museum, located on the corner of South Dakota Avenue and Nebraska Ave. in Fort Leonard Wood, is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is free.

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