New bricks added to Schofield memorial monument

| May 2, 2014 | 5 Comments

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Sgt. Brian C. Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers from 27th Infantry Regiment, “Wolfhounds,” 25th Inf. Division, commemorated fallen Soldiers during a brick placement ceremony at the “Unified Through Sacrifice Memorial,” Wednesday.

“One thing that is incredibly important about our Army is that we never forget those that we have served with and those who have given their lives fighting alongside us,” said Maj. Gen. Kurt Fuller, commander, 25th ID.

Staff Sgt. Matthew Ryan, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Soldiers with the 27th Infantry Regiment, "Wolfhounds," 25th Inf. Division, place bricks at the "Unified Through Sacrifice Memorial,"  Tuesday, before the Wednesday unveiling.

Staff Sgt. Matthew Ryan, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs
Soldiers with the 27th Infantry Regiment, “Wolfhounds,” 25th Inf. Division, place bricks at the “Unified Through Sacrifice Memorial,” Tuesday, before the Wednesday unveiling.

The monument is dedicated to fallen comrades from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Ninety-four Soldiers were commemorated during the ceremony: 40 Wolfhounds lost during Contingency Operations Overseas and 54 Wolfhounds of Bravo, 1-27th Inf. Regt., lost during the tour of duty of Sgt. Rick Waples between July 2, 1967, to June 5, 1968.

Waples was present for the unveiling and read the names of his fallen comrades.

“This memorial recognizes the veterans of past wars who are standing in support of the current generations of Tropic Lightning Soldiers, and that is a very powerful thing to me,” said retired Lt. Col. Dan Wilson, former commander, 2-27th Inf. Regt.

The memorial was originally completed in 2006, but was expanded this past year. These 94 bricks are the first to be added since the memorial was expanded.

“I want to thank the outstanding veterans who worked so hard to make this ceremony possible, and also serve diligently in the great organizations who help us always remember the awesome legacy we have been blessed with by those who served before us,” said Fuller.

Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division Past and present Wolfhounds unveil the new bricks added to the memorial, Wednesday.

Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division
Past and present Wolfhounds unveil the new bricks added to the memorial, Wednesday.

(Editor’s note: As of press time, Maj. Gen. Kurt Fuller was still commander, 25th ID.) Maj. Gen. Charles A. Flynn assumed command of 25th ID, today.)

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  1. MARC HAMNER says:

    WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF MY DAD P/SGT. JOHN A. HAMNER HAS A BRICK THERE. KIA VIETNAM FEB.13.1967 OPERATION CEDAR FALLS. THANK YOU, MARC HAMNER GOLD STAR SON NEC ASPERA TERRENT OHANNA !!!!!

    • haw says:

      Mr. Hamner — I will send your question to the 25th Infantry Division and the Tropic Lightning Association. Mahalo, HAW Staff.

    • haw says:

      Mr. Hamner,

      Thank you for your inquiry. The service and sacrifice of Tropic Lightning Soldiers, like your father, built the foundation for what the 25th Infantry Division is today.

      We checked the site and list provided by the 25th Infantry Division
      Association and determined that your father does not have a brick at the
      memorial monument. You can get more information on how to obtain a brick
      through the Association here: http://www.25thmemorialfund.org/gifts.html

      If I can be of any further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact me.

      Regards,

      Lt. Col. Will Griffin, U.S. Army
      Public Affairs Director
      25th Infantry Division
      Schofield Barracks, HI

      Ofc: (808) 655-6350

  2. Doyle Johnson says:

    May loved ones of 27th Inf Div vets of Saipan and Okinawa place memorial bricks for them here ?

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