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Warrior Walk ceremony Thursday

Three more trees for fallen soldiers

POSTED: October 30, 2008 5:00 a.m.

The 3rd Infantry Division and Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield will honor three fallen heroes with a tree dedication ceremony, 9:30 a.m., Thursday, at Warriors Walk.

 

Staff Sgt. Darris J. Dawson, 24, of Pensacola, Fla., died Sept. 14 in Tunnis, Iraq, of wounds sustained in a non-combat incident.  Dawson was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd ID.

 

Sgt. Wesley R. Durbin, 26, of Hurst, Texas, died Sept. 14 in Tunnis, Iraq, of wounds sustained in a non-combat incident.  Durbin was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd ID.

 

Staff Sgt. Ronald Phillips Jr., 33, of Conway, S.C., died Sept. 25 in Bahbahani, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd ID.

Sgt. Joseph Bozicevich, 39, of Minneapolis, Minn., has been charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of Dawson and Durbin.

"Sgt. Bozicevich is currently in pretrial confinement in the local area," said Col. Terry Ferrell, 3rd ID chief of staff. "I want to emphasize that throughout the military justice process Sgt. Bozicevich is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty of the charges against him."

Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, 3rd ID commander, attended Dawson's funeral Sept.

25 in Pensacola, Fla., while Brig. Gen. Patrick Donahue, 3rd ID deputy division commander, attended Durbin's funeral Sept. 23 in Hurst, Texas.

Cucolo is expected to speak at Thursday’s tree dedication. The ceremony will be the first since July.

 

The addition of a memorial tree for each of these fallen Soldiers will bring the total number of trees on Warriors Walk to 417.  The Eastern Red Bud trees planted on Warrior's Walk serve as a living monument to the great men and women of the U.S. Army, the National Guard, and the 3rd Infantry Division Soldiers who are immortalized for their sacrifices. 

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