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China-Burma-India (CBI) Memorial, Charlotte. Courtesy of Waymarking.com

China-Burma-India (CBI) Memorial
Charlotte
View complete article and references at Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina at: https://docsouth.unc.edu/commland/monument/359

Description: This marker commemorates the service of American military personnel in the China-Burma-India Theater of World War II. It is composed of a rectangular granite slab, approximately four feet tall by three feet wide, with the red, white, and blue shoulder sleeve insignia of the China-Burma-India forces of the United States Army Air Forces. Below the insignia, the granite has a long inscription commemorating the comprehensive efforts of those involved in this area of military effort in World War II, considered by many a forgotten effort. Remembrances of pilots, flight mechanics, ground troops, engineers, communication units, cargo squadrons, and nurses and doctors are among the commemorations. The rear of the marker bears a shorter inscription.

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Front inscription |
Rear inscription

Inscription:
Front: 1941 [insignia] 1945 / CBI / THE MEMBERS OF THE METROLINA BASHA CHINA-BURMA-INDIA VETERANS ASSOC. / REMEMBER WITH HONOR THE
VALOR AND SACRIFICE OF THEIR COMRADES WHO / SERVED IN
THE CBI THEATRE IN WORLD WAR II. THEY REMEMBER
THE PILOTS / AND CREWS WHO FLEW THE HIMALAYA MOUNTAINS,
"THE HUMP" FROM THE ASSAM / AIRBASES IN
EAST INDIA WITH VITALLY NEEDED SUPPLIES FOR THE CHINESE /
NATIONALIST FORCES AND THE AMERICAN AIR
FORCES IN CHINA. THEY REMEMBER / THE GALLANT MEN OF
MERRILL'S MARAUDERS WHO PENETRATED JAPANESE - HELD /
BURMA AND FOUGHT FEROCIOUSLY IN A SAVAGE JUNGLE TO
DEFEAT THE ENEMY / AND SECURE VITAL LAND AND AIRBASES
TO CARRY THE WAR CLOSER TO JAPANESE / TERRITORY. THEY
REMEMBER THE PILOTS AND CREWS OF THE BOMBER
SQUADRONS / WHO DELIVERED THEIR DEADLY CARGO TO THE
ENEMY AND THE GROUND CREWS WHO / KEPT THE PLANES
FLYING. THEY REMEMBER THE FLYING TIGERS WHO HELD
THE / ENEMY AT BAY FOR SEVERAL MONTHS BEFORE THE
UNITED STATES ENTERED THE FIGHT AND THEIR DESCENDANT
FIGHTER SQUADRONS THROUGHOUT THE CBI WHO /
RENDERED IMPORTANT SERVICE IN STRAFING AND BOMBING
MISSIONS AND KNOCKING / THE ENEMY FROM THE SKIES.
THEY REMEMBER THE LIFE-SAVING DOCTORS AND THE /
BRAVE WOMEN OF THE NURSING CORPS WHO BROUGHT
TENDERNESS AND LOVING / CARE TO SICK AND WOUNDED SOLDIERS.
THEY REMEMBER THE MEN WHO WORKED ON / AND
DROVE SUPPLIES OVER THE LEDO-BURMA ROAD TO CHINA.
THEY REMEMBER THE / MEN OF THE OSS IN BURMA, THE
AIR COMMANDO UNITS THE COMBAT CARGO AND
TROOP CARRIER SQUADRONS / THE SEARCH AND RESCUE
UNITS, THE COMBAT ENGINEERS / THE SIGNAL CORPS AND THE COMMUNICATIONS UNITS AND THEY REMEMBER
ALL / THEIR OTHER COMRADES WHO WORKED ON THE FLIGHT
LINES THE DOCKS THE / PIPELINES IN OPERATIONS OFFICES
AND THE FILTHY JUNGLE MANY HAD TO / LIVE AND FIGHT
IN AS COMPATRIOTS IN THE CAUSE OF LIBERTY FOR ALL MANKIND /
ERECTED BY THE METROLINA BASHA C.B.I. VETERANS ASSOCIATION JAN 2000


Rear: "WHEN YOU GO HOME / TELL THEM OF US AND SAY / FOR THEIR TOMORROW / WE GAVE OUR TODAY." / QUOTE FROM A MEMORIAL IN THE BRITISH / MILITARY CEMETERY, KOHIMA BATTLEFIELD / NAGALAND PROVINCE, INDIA


Dedication date: January 2000

Materials & Techniques: Granite

Sponsor: Metrolina Basha C.B.I. Veterans Association

Subject notes: Operations in the Southeast Asian theater of China, Burma, and India in World War II grew out of the United States' decision in 1941 to aid China's war against Japan following Japan's invasion of China in 1937. The term "CBI" was used to designate this operational effort which began prior to the official entry of the U.S. into the war. Military efforts in this area included supporting China, Burma, and India against Japanese invasion by building roads and pipelines to transport supplies and conducting military offensives on the ground and from the air. The U.S. operations were lead by Lt. General Joseph W. Stilwell. Among the operational units recognized by the monument, it specifically recalls the efforts of the Flying Tigers and Merrill's Marauders.

Location: The monument is located in Freedom Park on the east side of the walking path just to the north of the lake. Freedom Park can be reached off Princeton Avenue to the south or Freedom Park Service Road to the north.

Landscape: The monument sits in the grass just off the paved walking path and is flanked by low evergreen shrubs. The park's wooded areas are several feet behind the monument.

City: Charlotte

County: Mecklenburg

Subjects: World War II

Latitude: 
35.191
Longitude: 
-80.84353
Subjects: 
Origin - location: 

Comments

My day past memorial day ,2020 I'm looking for a CBI cemetery flag holder. He was a T5 under Stilwell

Emmitt W Hall Jr (Ga boy) Flew glider missions ,captured by Japanese . Escaped with 3 others leading them back through enemy lines .Worked on Ledo (Burma) Road and later fought with provisional units of marauders . Was with 1905th Aviation Engineers.Thank You for this Memorial For these brave men.

Greatly appreciate your resource!

Given that my dad (Kin Foo Lee) is a Chinese American WWII soldier, it has been hard to find information at https://www.archives.gov/

Info that I have found is listed below:
Lee, Kin Foo; 1st Lieutenant; Army; Air Medal, Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross; Air Corps navigator/bombardier, 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group, 434th Bomb Squadron, 319th Bomb Training Group-Central Burma, China Offensive
http://www.idreamof.com/military/ww2/l_surnames.htm

I have visited various DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross) and Chinese American WWII Soldier organizations in search of the exploits that prompted the US Government to award my dad the DFC. Would your organization have any info and/or suggestions on what sources to tap into.

Thank you for your time and attention

Hello, 

Thank you for your comment. I have sent it to our library staff will be in touch as soon as possible.

Thanks,

Erin Bradford, Government and Heritage Library

My Father who flew the Hump has a series of 6 video tapes entitled, "The Forgotten Theater of World Was II Commemorative edition of China Burma India. Unfortunately, these video tapes are old and do not play well in a video recorder. Are these video tapes available as CD's?

Hi Anthony! 

Thank you so much for sharing your comment and for visiting NCpedia! Wow! That is really intriguing about your father and the video tapes he has! 

I did some looking on WorldCat, and international library catalog search, and found some sets of the videos you are inquiring about on there: https://www.worldcat.org/search?q=ti%3AThe+Forgotten+Theater+of+World+Wa...

Unfortunately, it looks like all of those sets of videos are in a VHS format. You might be able to borrow one of those sets by requesting the videos through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) through a library near you if they participate in that service. Perhaps one of those video sets will be in better condition and easier to play.

It also might be worth looking into getting your father's videos transferred to a DVD/CD format so they are easier for you to view in the long run. There might be some vendors near you that provide that service. Also, our library does have some information on personal digital archiving on our website here: https://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/ghl/resources/digital-info/personal-digit....

I hope this helps!

Taylor Thompson, Government & Heritage Library 

Are there CBI grave markers for sale anywhere? I have a relative that was in CBI and would love to get one for his grave

Dear Mark,

Thanks for visiting NCpedia and asking a question. You can find information about "Headstones, Markers and Medallions" on the National Cemetery Administration website (https://www.cem.va.gov/cem/hmm/index.asp).

Francesca Evans, Government & Heritage Library

My father was a veteran of CBI. He was wonded 3 times. his name Frank C Ferrante TSGT. Where can I go to find info about him. Also what medals are CBI veterans entitled to receive.?

Hello,

For the most part, records of WWII are located at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). You can check with them at https://www.archives.gov/ to see if they have anything.

Good luck!

Erin Bradford, Government and Heritage Library

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