California Military Museum
- Preserving California's Military Heritage
San Luis Obispo
- California National
Guard for County and Humanity
- From the February 1939 issue of
the California Guardsman:
- This four-figured statue, rising twelve
feet from the base to the tip of the flag, is the exhibit prepared
to present the California National Guard at the (1939) California
World's Fair on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay.
- The statue is the product of the artistry
of Haig Patigian, famous San Francisco sculptor. Among his well
known works are statues of Gen. Pershing and Helen Wills. He
has also done several other statues for the World's Fair. He
is a past president of San Francisco Bohemian Club.
- Seen in the cover picture are a Guardsman,
left, and, at the right, an armored woman bearing sword and flag,
- Completing the statue and not seen in
the cover cut are two other feminine figures: one, adult, in
the rear, and the other, adolescent, to the fore. This portion
of the statue has been termed 'Humanity' by the sculptor. Whereas
the Junoesque figure of 'Patriotism' gazes bravely and fearlessly
forward, head upraised, the adult of 'Humanity' looks tenderly
and benignantly downward toward the bowed head of the sorrowful
girl. One need not draw heavily on the imagination to see in
this section of the statue a dispirited refugee afforded sympathetic
sanctuary from calamity, war, or racial intolerance.
The fiqures of the completed statue will be seven feet in height.
The base will be four feet high and three feet in diameter. The
statue will be cast in water-proof light grey cement.
Composing the committee in charge of the exhibit were Lt.
Cols. Curtis D. O'Sullivan, Hq., 40th Div.,of San Francisco and
Benjamin C.Allin, CE, SS, of Stockton; Maj. Henry C. Newton,
16Oth lnf., of Los Angeles; and Capt. Ernest C. Russell, AGD,
SS, of Sacramento. Major Ralph A. Tudor, Hq., 4Oth Div., of Oakland
represented the Fair commission.
Major Tudor has assured the members of the committee that the
exhibit will be prominently placed in the State Building at the
Following the World's Fair thestatue will be removed to Camp
Merriam (Camp San Luis Obispo) in accord with a suggestion offered
by Maj. Gen. Walter P. Story, commanding general of the 40th
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