INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Gens. George Patton and Douglas MacArthur and Admiral
Chester Nimitz are out at the Indiana War Memorial and homegrown heroes
Raymond Spruance, David Shoup and Samuel Woodfill are in.
Three inside rooms at the monument in downtown Indianapolis are being
renamed for three of Indiana’s own military heroes.
Spruance grew up in Indianapolis and achieved great success as an admiral
against the Japanese fleet in World War II. Shoup, a Marine general from
Battle Ground, near Lafayette, won the Medal of Honor for his leadership
during the landing on Tarawa, also during World War II. Woodfill, an Army
major born in Jefferson County, was among the most decorated soldiers in
World War I.
The changes mean no disrespect for the more famous World War II leaders,
said Brig. Gen. J. Stewart Goodwin, director of the Indiana War Memorials
“We got a little bit of pushback from some of the World War II guys until we
explained that we meant no disrespect,” Goodwin said.
“Our mission is to honor Hoosier veterans.”