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Memorial dedicated to fallen Soldiers of the 1/34 BCT

The Fallen Heroes Memorial, dedicated to the 20 Soldiers of the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division (1/34 BCT)  who lost their lives serving their country in Operation Iraqi Freedom was unveiled in a ceremony held June 14 at the Bloomington National Guard Armory and Community Center


Ten Minnesota 1st Brigade Soldiers and 10 out-of-state 1st Brigade Soldiers names are inscribed on the memorial  

"It was therapeutic to finally get to honor some of my good friends," said Staff Sgt Daniel Dwire, of Marshall, Minn, who knew two of the Soldiers honored at the memorial - a former roommate and a good friend  Dwire was deployed with the 1-125 Strike Battalion

According to Master Sgt Brian Newcomer, master gunner for the 1/34 BCT, the memorial was a feat of accomplishment with the help of many people, businesses and "huge outpouring of support from the community"

The "Red Bulls," 2,600 Minnesotan members of the unit, were deployed in the combat zone for 16 months, longer than any other military unit in Operation Iraqi Freedom  They were deployed a total of 22 months including training

By Spc John J Angelo III
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs


June 14, Dedication of Fallen Heroes Memorial - Low-Res



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Posted: 2017-12-12  11:29 AM
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