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Pogue memorial unveiled during ceremony
By Michael McClendon

Etched in Stone ...
Forrest Pogue's sister Mary Frances Stevens and his sister-in-law Mary Pogue attended the dedication ceremony.
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The life's work of a famous and influential Crittenden Countian, Forrest Carlisle Pogue, is forever etched in stone.

"In honor of Dr. Forrest Carlisle Pogue... war journalist, professor, military biographer, researcher (and) pioneer of oral history techniques," reads the new black polished marble monument in front of the Crittenden County Public Library honoring Pogue. It was unveiled during a ceremony Friday.

Forrest Pogue's accomplishments eclipse many other Crittenden Countians," said Chris Evans, publisher of The Crittenden Press and a co-director of the monument project.

"It's a shame that it has taken us so long to recognize his contributions," said Evans at the unveiling. "It is fitting that we dedicate a small portion of Pogue's native land to his memory." Pogue grew up here and graduated high school at the age of 14. He was later educated at Murray State, the University of Kentucky and he studied abroad.

Pogue wrote several books on World War II, military generals and United States history. He was often referred to as the "congenial historian" by others in his field. He died in 1996 and is buried at Frances. Family and friends as well as the community came out Friday afternoon to honor Pogue's memory.

The monument, which stands three feet high and is three feet broad, is on permanent display in front of the library.

The Braxton McDonald Foundation was the predominant benefactor of the project. Matthew T. Patton, a native Crittenden Countian who has authored local history books, was co-director of the project.

"I think this will be great for younger generations... many of whom do not know who Forrest Pogue was," said Evans.

From The Crittenden Press, July 6, 2006 issue