Honoring the Centenary of a Fallen Hero
at Sharlot Hall Museum WWI Exhibit
he “war to end all wars” had been raging in Europe
for years before the Yanks entered the fracas. Much
has been written about the “Great War,” but its local
impact on Prescott has a quiet reminder with the airport
Ernest A. Love.
The hometown boy, football
star and all-around local favorite
had been raised in Prescott after
he and his parents had moved
here from New Mexico when
Ernest was only three years old.
After graduating from Prescott
High School in 1914, Ernest was
attending Stanford University and
studying mechanical engineering
when the U.S. entered the war in
April 1917. Dropping out at the
end of his junior year, he enlisted
in the U.S. Army and entered
Signal Corps, attended ground school in Berkeley and
Love wrote to his parents about the new-fangled powered
have often felt in crossing some city streets.”
Ernest “sent his watch” in January 1918 – code to his parents
that he was being shipped off to Europe. Assigned to
ican troops involved in the St. Mihiel offensive and had
in taking off with his squadron, and agreed to rendezvous
with them near Verdun. He never arrived.
Two months later – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the
11th month – the Armistice was signed that ended the
“Great War.” Ernest A. Love was listed as missing in action.
had apparently been shot down and badly wounded
near Tronville and had died on September 16. Buried in
a local cemetery, he was ultimately moved to Arlington
– By Fred Veil, executive director of Sharlot Hall Museum, where
the “Arizona & the Great War” exhibit is displayed. Learn more
details about Love and other WWI heroes and experience
the exhibit “trench” at the Museum’s Theater Gallery.
1st Lt. Ernest A. Love
ERNEST A. LOVE