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Merle Hay Memorial


Merle Hay Memorial Cemetery

The Merle Hay Memorial Cemetery is owned by the City of Glidden and is located on US Highway 30.

About Merle D. Hay

Merle D. Hay was born and raised in Glidden, and was the first American soldier to be killed in the trenches of France during World War 1.

The State of Iowa erected the Merle Hay Memorial in 1930, inscribed with a drawing by famous Iowa newspaper cartoonist Ding Darling, showing Uncle Sam carrying the lifeless body of a young soldier. In 1921, the major road to Camp Dodge in Des Moines was named Merle Hay Road in memory of this brave young Iowan’s sacrifice for his country.

The Ballad of Merle D. Hay