USASOC Fallen Warrior Ceremony

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The US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) held its Fallen Warrior Ceremony Thursday in order to add seven names of Green Berets who paid the ultimate price to their Memorial Wall at Fort Bragg. Gold Star families and friends gathered for the ceremony, as a reminder that the US Military is dedicated to always remember the fallen.

The names added to the wall were: Maj. Andrew Byers, Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Gloyer, Staff Sgt. Matthew Lewellen, Staff Sgt. Kevin McEnroe, Staff Sgt. James Moriarty, Staff Sgt. Adam Thomas, and Staff Sgt. Matthew Thompson.

Lt. Gen. Kenneth E. Tovo, the USASOC commanding general’s remarks are here in part:

…On this field, and in the presence of all the names inscribed on our Memorial Wall, we renew our commitment to always remember our Fallen and to support the loved ones they left behind…

The vast majority of those present here today have at least one friend, team mate, or loved one represented on this wall, or on one of the many like it on military posts and monuments across the Nation. We know full well what the Nation has asked of us and the price that has been paid…

They came from the width and breadth of America: from California to New York, Texas to Minnesota, from small towns to big cities. Musicians, mechanics, and athletes. They all volunteered to serve the Nation, they chose the Army, and they committed themselves to becoming Green Berets. They chose to do a job few of their fellow citizens would do…

Though there are many heroes on the wall, it is not a monument to heroism, it is a tribute to sacrifice. It honors the incredible sacrifice of one-thousand, two-hundred, and six (1,206) Army Special Operators. They are sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, teammates and friends…

To all of our Gold Star Family members here today, we mourn your loss with you, we are grateful for the incredible sacrifice of your loved one, and we vow that we will always honor their memory…

Your loved ones truly lived our Army Special Operations Promise to the Nation. They protected the Nation without fear, without fail, without equal.” Lt. Gen. Kenneth E. Tovo, USASOC commanding general

“The green beret is a symbol of excellence, a badge of courage, a mark of distinction in the fight for freedom.” President John F. Kennedy

Featured photo: U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kyle Fisch/USASOC/Released


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