4th Infantry Division to Dedicate New Memorial | News
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM)- Army Chief of Staff and Medal of
Honor Recipient will help unveil new monument on Memorial Walk of Honor
A monument honoring all past, present and future veterans
and family members of the 4th Infantry Division will be dedicated at
the National Infantry Museum Thursday, July 18, 2013.
United States Army Chief of Staff GEN Ray Odierno will be
the guest speaker at the dedication ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the
stadium behind the museum. Odierno served as Commanding General of the 4ID during
the initial deployment to Iraq in 2003-2004. His division, along with special
operations forces, was responsible for the search and capture of Saddam Hussein.
The Bradley Fighting Vehicle that sits on the Last 100 Yards ramp at the
National Infantry Museum was used by Odierno's troops in Iraq until it was badly
damaged by an IED.
Also attending the monument dedication will be former SSG
Clint Romesha, the 4ID's most recent Medal of Honor recipient. Romesha was awarded
the nation's highest military medal earlier this year for his actions in
Afghanistan on October 3, 2009, during the ambush on Combat Outpost Keating,
one of the deadliest battles for U.S. forces in the Afghan War. Eight men were
killed that day as hundreds of enemy fighters swarmed the hillsides above their
nearly indefensible base.
The dedication is in conjunction with the National 4th
Infantry Division Association's annual reunion, being held this year at Fort
Benning July 15-20.
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