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Fort Bragg Soldiers Recognized For Actions During Gulf War

Posted February 7, 2001

— Several soldiers who died during the Gulf War were remembered Thursday at Fort Bragg.

Seven Fort Bragg soldiers died together 10 years ago in Iraq. Shortly after the soldiers' deaths, a monument with their names on it was dedicated.

"The names chiselled into the memorial here are those gallant soldiers who assured freedom for all of us, military and civilian," says retired Col. Ron Stewart.

Many soldiers who still serve together in the 27th Engineer Battalion were with their friends during Operation Desert Storm. On Feb. 25, 1986, the seven men were destroying live bombs and mortars when they were killed.

"They were standing there, and then they were gone," says Sgt. David Mahoney. "That's when we were over there and confirmed what happened. It's something you'll never forget."

As the sad anniversary approaches, soldiers honor their memories daily.

"Everyday, I walk through this battalion and look at this memorial. You are proud you knew these people, and that you can be here in their memory," says Sgt. Christopher Bradford.

Three other soldiers who died in separate incidents during the Gulf War were also remembered on Thursday.

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