Statues of George C. Marshall
As a physical reminder of his long and storied career, George C. Marshall is honored by statuary in many places, both in the United States and overseas. The majority depict Gen. Marshall as Army chief of staff during World War II.
This bust of Marshall is in the Marshall Foundation Library, and in the gallery at the Foundation. A copy of this bust is also in the National Headquarters of the American Red Cross.
Although the photo doesn’t indicate the artist, I believe the bust at the Eisenhower Presidential Library is another copy of the Tregar bust.
The dedication of the Marshall Space Flight Center on Sep. 8, 1960, featured the unveiling of a bust of Marshall by President Dwight Eisenhower and Katherine Marshall.
Although the original building no longer stands, the new headquarters building still displays the Marshall bust.
Unsurprisingly, there are statues of Marshall in his hometown of Uniontown, PA.
This equestrian statue by artist Alan Cottrill was modeled from a photo of Marshall riding near his home at Fort Myer, VA, during World War II.
This statue, at a park in Uniontown, is more at ease. I think they need to place a statue of Katherine next to him.
This casually depicted statue of Marshall is at Dodona Manor, his home in Leesburg, VA. It was created by Russell Fiore, who did the recreations of the Trager bust.
There is a statue of Marshall by Augusto Bozzano in front of the barracks arch at the Virginia Military Institute that bears his name. Marshall’s friend Frank McCarty, of the General Headquarters Secretariat during World War II and producer of the movie Patton, helped spearhead the campaign for this statue, which was dedicated in 1978.
The Marshall Foundation has a miniature of the Bozzano statue in the lobby of its building.
Not all of the statuary of Marshall is in the United States. This depiction of Marshall walking, by Bavarian artist Christiane Horn, was unveiled during a dedication ceremony April 30, 1998 at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
This statue by Asbjørn Høglund in Oslo, Norway, is a bit different. It is Marshall, not very distinctly carved but more representational.
This statue of Secretary of State George Marshall is at the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece. The statue was a gift from the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association in 2000. That’s Marshall Foundation Scholar and VMI Cadet Chris Cocoris standing in front of the statue on a visit to the Embassy.
At one point, Marshall sat for photos and measurements, apparently in preparation for a painting, statue or bust, but I’m not sure for which, or if they were ever used.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this virtual tour of George Marshall statuary.
Melissa has been at GCMF since fall 2019, and previously was an academic librarian specializing in history. She and her husband, John, have three grown children, and live in Rockbridge County with two large rescue dogs. Keep up with her @MelissasLibrary.