WWI Doughboy Memorial
Union Beach, NJ
GRAVE MARKERS & MEMORIALS
During Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Union Beach’s World War I Doughboy Memorial blew over and broke into fragments. The borough hired Materials Conservation to restore the granite sculpture, weighing in at nearly 700 pounds. We transported the fractured monument back to our conservation studio for treatment, reattaching the broken elements using stainless steel pins and epoxy resin. We fabricated the soldier’s missing muzzle, filled all cracks with custom matched mortar, and cleaned the granite to remove atmospheric soiling and staining.
Returning the monument to the site, Materials Conservation rigged it for reinstallation on its original base, and repointed all open and deteriorated mortar joints. Then our team tackled the two bronze plaques, bent and gouged, that are part of the site. We manually straightened the bronze, buffed out nicks, cleaned the surfaces, patinated as necessary, and applied a protective microcrystalline wax coating.