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Statue of a Sapper

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Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

Clear the way! A stern-faced Revolutionary War Army engineer -- aka Sapper -- stands with his tri-corner hat and a huge ax, ready to hack away at any obstacle to freedom. Sappers, known historically for their ability to clear forests and dig trenches, have usually been big men, but this one -- sculpted by Andrew Chernak -- is nine feet tall. The statue was unveiled on April 12, 2006. A plaque at its base states that, "The Sapper was born in the Nation's struggle for freedom" and defines his role as "to build and defend the country and its vital interests."

Statue of a Sapper

Nebraska Ave., Fort Leonard Wood, MO
I-44 exit 161A. Drive south on the I-44 extension for several miles to Fort Leonard Wood. Once past the Visitors Center, continue south on Missouri Ave., then bear left onto Constitution Ave. for 1.5 miles. When Constitution Ave. dead ends, turn left onto South Dakota Ave., then turn right onto Nebraska Ave. at the display of helicopters and tanks. Youll soon see a display of old WWII buildings on the right. Pull into their parking lot and you'll see the statue, set back from the road.
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