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Poet and World War I warrior Joyce Kilmer was the inspiration that resulted in the creation of a United States Forest Service Memorial Forest. This photo gallery shows the Joyce Kilmer virgin forest in all its summer glory.

Alfred Joyce Kilmer was born December 6, 1886 in Brunswick, New Jersey. He attended Rutgers College and Columbia University and had a passion for the outdoors. Joyce Kilmer wrote a poem called Trees that was inspired by a famous New Brunswick white oak and was considered his greatest poem.

Kilmer enlisted in the New York National Guard at the beginning of World War I and was killed in France by a fatal bullet to the head on a volunteer mission to locate enemy machine gun emplacements. Joyce Kilmer was only 32 years old at the time of his death and was awarded the Croix de Guerre for bravery by the French government.

Joyce Kilmer never visited his North Carolina memorial forest.
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Dead Beech in Joyce Kilmer Memorial ForestDead Beech in Joyce Kilmer Memorial ForestMushroom Joyce Kilmer Memorial ForestMushroom Joyce Kilmer Memorial ForestEntrance Joyce Kilmer Memorial ForestEntrance Joyce Kilmer Memorial ForestBronze Memorial at Joyce Kilmer Virgin ForestBronze Memorial at Joyce Kilmer Virgin Forest
Bronze Memorial at Joyce Kilmer Virgin ForestBronze Memorial at Joyce Kilmer Virgin ForestBridge at Joyce Kilmer Memorial ForestBridge at Joyce Kilmer Memorial ForestLittle Santeetlah Creek at Joyce Kilmer Memorial ForestLittle Santeetlah Creek at Joyce Kilmer Memorial ForestLittle Santeetlah Creek WatershedLittle Santeetlah Creek Watershed
Little Santeetlah Creek From BridgeLittle Santeetlah Creek From BridgeThe Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest TrailThe Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest TrailVirgin Hemlock in Joyce Kilmer Memorial ForestVirgin Hemlock in Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest400 Year Old Tree Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest400 Year Old Tree Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest
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