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American Legion Soldier Artist Adolph Wolter Year 1951 (1951) Type Indiana limestone Dimensions 396.24 cm (156.00 in) Location Washington, D.C., United States 38°54′8.12″N 77°2′14.44″W / 38.9022556°N 77.0373444°W / 38.9022556; -77.0373444 Owner American Legion American Legion Soldier is a public artwork by German-born American artist Adolph Wolter, located at the American Legion building on K Street, N.W. in Washington, D.C., United States. "American Legion Soldier" was surveyed as part of the Smithsonian's Save Outdoor Sculpture! program in 1993.[1] Contents 1 Description 2 Artist 3 Information 4 Acquisition 5 References // Description This sculpture depicts a male figure dressed in a combination of World War I and World War II battle fatigues. His shirt is unbuttoned and dogtags hang around his neck. A rifle is slung over his right shoulder and he holds a grenade in his left hand. He wears a helmet on his head and his pants are tucked into his boots. He steps on a snake with his right foot, the snake represents the enemy. The sculpture is installed on a small ledge on the facade of the American Legion building, forty feet above the sidewalk.[1] Artist Main article: Adolph Wolter Information The model for the sculpture was Lt. Hulon P. Whittington who won a Medal of Honor in World War II. The sculpture, which was carved by Frank Bowden, was carved in ninety days at Adolph Wolter's studio in Indianapolis, Indiana.[1] Acquisition The sculpture cost $5,200 to produce and erect. It was dedicated on August 14, 1951 and President Harry S. Truman spoke at the dedication ceremony.[1] References ^ a b c d Smithsonian (1993). "American Legion Soldier, (sculpture).". Save Outdoor Sculpture. Smithsonian. http://siris-artinventories.si.edu/ipac20/ipac.jsp?&profile=all&source=~!siartinventories&uri=full=3100001~!323166~!0#focus. Retrieved 26 December 2010.  v · d · e District of Columbia Capital of the United States Topics Culture · History · Geography · Economy · Demographics · Media · Music · Sports · Transportation · Visitor attractions · Emancipation Day Government Home rule · Voting rights · Former mayors · Current mayor · Statehood movement · Retrocession