Sergeant Carl Weiss – Park # 57

Sometimes parks tell their own story..

New signage, fencing, play equipment make this playground an asset to the neighborhood.
New signage, fencing, play equipment make this playground an asset to the neighborhood.

It would be great if more Detroit parks could tell their own story with signage.
It would be great if more Detroit parks could tell their own story with signage.

 

Weiss park is a small, renovated park just off Woodmere Cemetery in southwest Detroit.  I stopped over on a drizzly day; a dad and a young boy were playing together on the swings while I snapped some photos.

THE BATTLE OF GUADALCANAL

Here’s the verbiage from above sign which is directly taken from Carl’s US Military Citation:

The Navy Cross is presented to Carl Walter Weiss, Sergeant, US Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with Company C, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marines Division, in combat against enemy Japanese forces west of the Matanikau  River in the Solomon Islands Area on November 1 and 2, 1942.  Advancing in the face of persistent enemy machine gun and rifle fire, Sergeant Weiss, with grim determination and dauntless courage, neutralized an enemy machine gun nest with a grenade and returned to set up his own machine gun.  As the infuriated Japanese charged up the hill with bayonets, Sergeant Weiss, directing the fire of his gunners, repulsed them three times, but during the last assault, one of his men was wounded and rolled forward of the gun.  Under the punishing fire of the enemy, Sergeant Weiss crawled forward and dragged his comrade to safety.

On the following day as Sergeant Weiss again inched his way over the nose of the hill to set up his gun, a hostile automatic weapon fired upon him, but he continued on and threw a hand grenade into the enemy position.  As he attempted to throw a second grenade, he was hit and killed.  His great personal valor, aggressiveness and fine spirit of self-sacrifice were an inspiration to his comrades and contributed in a large measure to the success of this operation.  He gallantly gave up his life in the defense of his country.   He received the award of the Navy Cross.

Sponsored by his mother Anna, the USS Weiss was built by Defoe Shipbuilding in MI. This high speed transporter was tested on Lake Huron. Photo: Public Domain
Sponsored by his mother Anna, the USS Weiss was built by Defoe Shipbuilding in MI. This high speed transporter was tested on Lake Huron.
Weiss is interred in the Punchbowl Cemetery in Hawaii. He was listed as a Jewish serviceman; the cross on the headstone was a possible and but forgivable mistake.
Weiss is interred in the Punchbowl Cemetery in Hawaii. He was listed as a Jewish serviceman; the cross on the headstone was a possible and forgivable mistake.

The Carl Weiss playlot is a small and wonderfully renovated greenspace.  While not overly apparent, it is ADA compliant helping all kids to be able to play equally.  Most signage is written in English, Spanish and Arabic serving the total community.  It was initially dedicated on July 1, 1948 then re-dedicated in May 2010 after the renovation. It sits just outside of Woodmere Cemetery on Mandale Street.

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Andrea Gallucci ©2015.