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Photos : Battalion honor history, fallen comrades during ceremony
By Spc. Matthew J. Ford, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office
May 22, 2008 - 11:06:26 AM
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FORT BRAGG, NC. -

 
From left to right: Command Sgt. Maj. King O. Parks, the command sergeant major of the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, retired Army Col. Bruce Clark, son of the first commander of the 1st Bn., 505th PIR Lt. Col Arthur F. Gorham, and Lt. Col. Hugh Bair, commander of the 1st Bn., 505th PIR, unveil a plaque during a headquarters dedication ceremony in honor of Gorham, May 21. This was one of two events held in order to honor the history of the 1st Bn., 505th PIR. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Matthew J. Ford, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office)
Command Sgt. Maj. King O. Parks, the command sergeant major of the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, along with family members, unveils a new memorial dedicated to those fallen Paratroopers for the 1st Bn., 505th PIR who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the Global War on Terror, May 21. This was one of two events held in order to honor the history of the 1st Bn., 505th PIR. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Matthew J. Ford, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office)

Friends and family members gather around a new memorial dedicated to those fallen Paratroopers for the 1st Bn., 505th PIR who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the Global War on Terror at the unit's headquarters, May 21. This was one of two events held in order to honor the history of the 1st Bn., 505th PIR. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Matthew J. Ford, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office)

Suzy and Garland Mason, the parents of fallen Paratrooper Cpl. Christopher E. Mason, stand in remembrance of their son at a new memorial dedicated to those fallen Paratroopers from the 1st Bn., 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the Global War on Terror at the unit's headquarters, May 21. This was one of two events held in order to honor the history of the 1st Bn., 505th PIR. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Matthew J. Ford, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office)

Logan and Cheyanne Heringes, son and daughter of Sgt. 1st Class David A. Heringes, wipe their eyes as their mother consoles them during a memorial dedicated to those fallen Paratroopers from the 1st Bn., 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the Global War on Terror at the unit's headquarters, May 21. This was one of two events held in order to honor the history of the 1st Bn., 505th PIR. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Matthew J. Ford, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office)


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Rich Dewees
27 May 2008, 07:07
A wonderful tribute. The plaque is a work of art and a reminder that freedom is never free.

Thanks to all of us that paid in some way for this freedom.

I can almost feel the emotion of the Masons' as they touch thier sons carving.

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