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Located just off the parking lot of the local Army Reserve depot, this beautiful memorial honors the 13 men and women from the local 14th Quartermaster Detachment who were killed on February 25, 1991 in a rocket attack on their barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. This unit suffered the greatest number of casualties of any unit in the conflict. The memorial faces Saudi Arabia and is set back in a nicely landscaped area. The memorial consists of several separate items. In the center is a grey granite pillar on which is inscribed a dedication to those who served and a quote from General Norman Schwartzkopf; the pillar is topped by a bronze eagle with wings outstretched. Attached on each side of the center pillar are smaller black granite slabs to which are attached bronze plaques listing all those who served. On the reverse side of the granite memorial are listed the names of the 13 who were killed, a map of Saudi Arabia and a pair of hands holding a folded U.S. flag. To the right of the center pillar are two life-size bronze figures of a male and female soldier; the male is kneeling while the female figure rests her hand on his soldier; Susan Wagner sculpted these figures. To the left of the center pillar is the traditional battle zone memorial to a fallen comrade with a pair of combat boots, a rifle stuck into the ground barrel down with a helmet resting on the butt of the gun. The memorial still has local personal reminders of those who were lost.

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