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In Service to Their Nation - The Human Statue of Liberty of Soldiers

1912 in Camp Dodge, Des Moines, Iowa

Photograph by Arthur Mole in July or August 1912.  The earliest date for the photograph is July 18, 1912. 

Three original prints of the picture exist today in Iowa's Gold Star Military Museum.

Total number of soldiers:   at least 18,000

Number of men in flame of torch: 12,000
Number of men in torch: 2800
Number of men in right arm: 1200
Number of men in base, body, and head:  only 2,000


Widest part of torch-bearing arm: 12.5 feet
Right thumb: 35 feet
Thickest part of body: 29 feet
Left hand length: 30 feet
Face: 60 feet   Nose: 21 feet
Longest spike of head piece: 70 feet


Base to Shoulder: 150 feet
Right Arm: 340 feet
Torch and flame combined: 980 feet