Historic Markers Across Alabama

Homer Givens

Marker ID:  
Location: at the intersection of North Wood Ave. and Chisholm Road, Florence, Alabama
County: Lauderdale
Coordinates: N 34° 49.044    W 087° 40.825
  34.8174    -87.68041666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Homer Givens
1898 - 1971

— America's First World War I Hero —

The home of Homer Givens, America's first hero in World War I was located .4 of a mile north of this intersection. Following a bloody two-hour battle on November 1, 1917 Corporal Givens stood alone after his comrades had fallen.

He then managed to kill three enemy soldiers before being severely wounded by twenty-three pieces of shrapnel. Givens was decorated with France's highest military honor, the Croix De Guerre, His award ceremony was attended by General John J Pershing, Commander of the American Expeditionary Forces.

Erected by Florence Historical Board Florence Alabama.

End of Homer Givens