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08/25/04

Murdered Soldier's Comrades Complete His Community Project

Someone shot and killed Army Capt. Scott Corwin on Savannah's Monterey Square three months ago. Now, his battalion is finishing a project he started.

Before he was killed, Capt. Corwin was teaming with the Bryan County Family Connection to help a disabled Pembroke senior citizen reconstruct his water-ravaged and termite-infested bathroom and kitchen. In Corwin's memory, the project has been completed.

The benefactor is 42-year Strickland Street resident Obie Brown. "I appreciate it and I am glad about it," he told us.

Completing the project has also helped close the door on a tragic chapter in the lives of members of Fort Stewart's 92nd Engineering Battalion. Before his murder, Corwin was spearheading the project.

"He was very energetic, very upbeat," recalled comrade 1LT Erin Searfoss. "I didn't even have a chance to talk to Scott before the incident occurred."

The soldiers went beyond the call of duty, not only fixing the bathroom but repairing Brown's front porch. They put a black diamond on the door to signify the battalion's effort and remember what Capt. Corwin had started.

"It's been a difficult time for us," 1LT Searfoss said.

But through the hard times, the battalion delivered a finished product and Brown will be better off because of it. "I couldn't have done it myself," he said. "I'm happy."

While there is closure for Capt. Corwin's project, his murder is still unsolved. Savannah-Chatham police are still looking for a break in the case. There is a $12,500 reward, and they want anyone with information to give CrimeStoppers a call at 234-2020.

Reported by: Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com

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