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Fort Bragg Memorial Ceremonies Pay Respect To Fallen Comrades

Posted May 22, 2003

— On Thursday, COSCOM honored the half-million soldiers who, over many years, have given their lives in defense of our country.

They paid special tribute to the soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice during the first Gulf War and to the troops currently serving in the Gulf now.

"I'd ask you to remember soldiers, airmen, Marines, sailors and especially their families who are serving in far-away battlefields," said COSCOM commander Brian Geehan.

Soldiers say this Memorial Day should also serves as a reminder that all military jobs, not just the ones on the front lines, can be dangerous. The First Corps Support Command lost just one soldier during Operation Enduring Freedom. Spec. Jason Disney was part of a team trying to make parts of Afghanistan more workable for soldiers coming in.

"What they were doing were welding a big piece of Russian equipment out of a hangar. That piece of equipment is what fell on him and crushed him," said Veronica Pierce, Disney's former company commander.

At another ceremony, the names of 12 soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past year were added to the Memorial Wall of Honor. Four of the Special Operations soldiers were based at Fort Bragg.

At the ceremony, family members were told their loved ones will never be forgotten even as the war on terrorism winds down.

A Vietnam veteran was also recognized 33 years after his death.


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