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Two soldiers remembered at Warriors Walk

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FORT STEWART (WTOC) -

Loved ones and commrades of two fallen Third Infantry soldiers braved bitter cold to dedicate two trees at Warriors Walk. 

Sgt. 1st Class Forrest Robertson died in November in Afghanistan when his unit was attacked.

Spc. James Wickliff died in a Texas hospital in September, weeks after he was wounded in an IED explosion.

Master Sgt. Jon Foster met Robertson years ago during senior leadership training and remained friends and colleagues.

"He was the most proficient NCO's I've known. He knew what he was doing. He was compassionate. He was a great leader and an overall great guy," he explained.

Capt. Wiiliam Gillespie served as company commander over both men.

"Sgt. 1st Class Robertson, I'll miss his leadership and his guidance and experience, his ability to tell me when I'm wrong and tell me when I'm right. As far as Spc. Wickliff, I'll miss his charisma, his ability to take the worst of situations and flip it on its end," the captain said.

Wickliff's family feels the 22-year-old, wounded during his second deployment, died unnecessarily.

His father spoke after the memorial ceremony and stated his son died from medical complications and a fungal infection.

"It should not have killed him. They should be able to stop this kind of infection," he said.

A spokesperson for Fort Stewart could not answer questions about medical protocols, but said the Army is aware of infection dangers and does everything possible to prevent them.

The two new trees brings the total at Warriors Walk to 468. To soldiers, it has become hallowed ground.

"I come out here when I want to think about stuff. You can come here and talk to your battle buddies 'cause they're still here," Master Sgt. Foster noted.

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