Our Memorial Grove is a longstanding institution honoring fallen Dragon Soldiers. The Grove was relocated to Fort Leonard Wood from Fort McClellan in 1999 and is in close proximity of our Museum. Our goal is to complete several Grove improvement projects in preparation for our the Chemical Corp’s 100th anniversary in the summer of 2018.
The Memorial Grove was built to be part of the Chemical Corps Museum Complex at Fort McClellan, Alabama. When the Museum was finished, the grove was designed and completed by Lieutenant Colonel John Schmidt. At the time, he was the Executive Officer of the Chemical School. The initial grove was built using U.S. Army Chemical School Staff and Faculty volunteer Labor.
Veterans Associations of the individual chemical units who have memorials there now provided the memorials initially placed within the park. The park was expanded in the early 1990’s under the direction of Lieutenant Colonel Stanley H. Lillie, the Executive Officer of the school. The designer of the expansion part was Mr. T. K. Miller, the museum curator.
The Chemical Corps Regimental Association placed the memorials to America’s wars and to the soldiers of the Chemical Corps honored on the memorials in the new extension of the grove.
The Base Realignment and Closure Commission paid to move the memorials from its McClellan location to a new location near the Fort Leonard Wood World War II museum complex. The initial design – the basic way you see the grove now – was developed by the then curator Mr. T. K. Miller.
The Memorial Grove is now used for a “Rite of Passage” Ceremony where new members of the Chemical Corps perform a ceremony where they become members of the Chemical Corps Regiment. The grove contains enough area for further enlargement of by Chemical Corps Veterans Associations.