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08/07/03

Memorial Held at Fort Stewart

US soldiers are still losing their lives in combat in Iraq. Just last night, two more American troops were killed in a firefight. Back here at home, local soldiers and military families are remembering the soldiers they've lost. Today military officials at Fort Stewart hosted a memorial for three soldiers who were killed in the last month in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Family members fought to hold back tears comrades of fallen loved ones paid their respects. Pvt. Justin Moore had already returned home when Joel Bertoldie was killed. The two had become close friends over seven months. "It's a pretty close seven months, when you're living with someone every day, and you're depending on him and he's depending on you," Moore said.

Soldiers who didn't even know the three were moved as family members passed by the standing memorial.

Col. Tom Torrence, the division artillery commander, addressed the assembly, saying, "We dedicate three trees on Warriors' Walk here on Cottrell Field to commemorate their commitment to their nation, unit, and fellow soldiers. For more than 227 years, Americans have distinguished themselves on the battlefield for freedom. In places far from American soil, men and women representing every race, religion, and creed of this diverse American melting pot have willingly gone in American military uniform and defended this country."

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

 

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