Saturday, April 27, 2013


James R. McConnell.  The first alumnus of the University of Virginia to fall on the battlefields of WW1.  McConnell had first been an ambulance driver for SSU2, and then one of the pioneer members of the Lafayette Escadrille.  He was shot down over the lines in March of 1917.  The statue is the work of Gutzon Borglum, best known for the presidents' head of Mount Rushmore.


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