General Jonathan M. Wainwright Statue

Wainwright Drive, Walla Walla, WA

Bronze sculpture by Roger McGee dedicated in 1996

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General Jonathan M. Wainwright

Photo taken by Richard Doody in 2006

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Description 

Jonathan Wainwright was born at Fort Walla Walla on August 23, 1883. The Wainwright family left shortly thereafter. Wainwright led American and Philippine forces in the defense of Bataan and Corregidor which ultimately ended in surrender to the Japanese. He was a prisoner of war with his men for three years, including the infamous Bataan Death March. The General was present at the Japanese surrender at Tokyo Bay in 1945. Shortly thereafter, he returned to Walla Walla as the guest of honor for Armistice Day in 1945. Wainwright was awarded the Medal of Honor and promoted to full General. He retired from the military in 1947 and died in 1953. A large portrait of the General was displayed in the window of Drumheller's sporting goods store for many decades after the war ended.

This larger than life statue by Roger McGee shows the General saluting all Veterans that have fought and sacrificed for this country's freedom. In his left hand he carries a cane that was given to him by General Douglas MacArthur upon his return from the prison camps. The monument was unveiled at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Walla Walla on Armistice Day, November 11, 1996 to mark the official renaming of the Hospital as Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veteran's Affairs Medical Center.

Update Log 

  • December 1, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • December 1, 2018: Added by Richard Doody

Sources 

  • Richard Doody