News Release Date: May 18, 2017
Contact: NPS Investigative Services Branch, Tip Line 888-653-0009
Special Agents with the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch (ISB) and US Park Rangers are investigating recent vandalism inflicted upon the Memorial which is the final resting place of three American Naval Officers and three British Officers interred under the rotunda.
On or about May 13, 2017, an unknown person or persons scaled a fence to enter an area closed for restoration. They vandalized the final resting place of Lt. John Brooks, Midshipman Henry Laub, and Midshipman John Clark. These American officers fought and died in the Battle of Lake Erie and were interred on September 11, 1913. They are the main reason the 352-foot tall memorial was built, and US Park Rangers learn their names early in their duty assignment at Put-in-Bay.
The memorial honors these men and celebrates the enduring peace between nations. In less than two weeks Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial will honor these men, along with all our veterans, at a Memorial Day Program on Monday, May 29 at 11 am. Until then there’s only one question to be answered: Who would disrespect the national memorial where these brave men were laid to rest 104 years ago?
If you have information that could help investigators, please contact us. Though you may remain anonymous, investigators are offering up to $1,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of those responsible.
CALL the ISB Tip Line 888-653-0009
TEXT to 202-379-4761
ONLINE www.nps.gov/isb and click “Submit a Tip”
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