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Bomb adds five trees to Warriors Walk
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A soldier returns to his place after removing the cover from granite marker honoring a fallen soldier, part of Thursday tree dedication. - photo by Joe Parker Jr. / Coastal Courier
The five soldiers honored in Thursday's tree dedication ceremony at Fort Stewart were all killed in a single incident in Iraq on March 10.
All were members of Delta Company, First Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, Second Brigade, Third Infantry Division and died of wounds suffered when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb near them.
The five, each honored with an eastern red bud tree in their memory on Warrior's Walk, are:
• SSG Ernesto G. Cimarrusti, 25,
• Cpl. Robert T. McDavid III, 29,
• Cpl. Scott McIntosh, 26,
• SFC Shawn Suzch, 32, and
• SSG David Julian, 31.
The addition of memorials for each of these fallen soldiers will bring the total number of trees on Warrior's Walk to 398, one for each of the 3rd ID and affiliated units' soldiers who have died in Iraq.
Col. Todd Buchs, Fort Stewart garrison commander, briefly eulogized each tanker. Cimarrusti, a tank commander, loved the Army and his job in armor, but dreamed of becoming a helicopter pilot.
McDavid loved tanks and had played with toy tanks as a small child. He loved the outdoors and Nascar racing.
McIntosh was a Texan with five years of service and spent much of his free time on church work. He had just re-enlisted for seven years.
Suzch was a man who set and achieved goals, such as joining the Army and marrying his wife. He had recently returned to Iraq from leave, determined to lead his soldiers to a successful and safe homecoming.
Julian, a veteran of deployments to Macedonia, Korea and three tours in Iraq, had a daughter born in December.
SSG and Mrs. Cimarrusti made their home in Glennville with their daughter Vivianayn, 6, and the sergeant is buried in the veterans' cemetery there.
Ms. Cimarrusti said local people "have been just wonderful to me, everyone is so good," and she appreciates the small town environment. She felt a special kinship with her husband because they had both joined the Army together.
Buchs said, "So long as we have soldiers who make the ultimate sacrifice in this righteous fight, we will have a place for their trees here at Warrior's Walk.  
Young and old, soldier and civilian alike will walk these paths.  They will pause and read their names and reflect on the sacrifice they made for freedom."
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