Magazine article Warrior - Citizen

Reserve Soldiers Visit U.S. War Cemetery in England

Magazine article Warrior - Citizen

Reserve Soldiers Visit U.S. War Cemetery in England

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BROOKWOOD, Enqland - Beneath the blustery skies of England, the commander of the 7th Civil Support Command, Brig. Gen. Jimmie Jayc Wells, paid tribute during a Veteran's Day observance at Brookwood American Military Cemetery. The ceremony honored 468 American service members who gave their lives defending freedom during World War I.

Wells also eulogized 563 more Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines missing in action or lost at sea, whose names are inscribed on the Brookwood chapel wall.

A dignitary from the American Legion, Roy Cochran, summarized the importance of Brookwood and eight other U.S. cemeteries for rhe fallen of World War I, stating that "the cemetery provides a venue to quietly consider the ultimate sacrifice given by Soldiers for our freedom in times past."

Proudly representing the Army to the mainly British audience was the 7th CSC honor guard of four Soldiers under the direction of Master Sgt. Kabaka Teague. Under her charge were Master Sgt. Michael Stewart, Staff Sgt. Jose Ruberte, and Staff Sgt. David Arnold.

The memorial ceremony was also supported by a colorful cast of veterans and re-enactors of U.S. wars past. Enthusiasts in uniforms dating from the Civil War to the khaki campaign hats and puttees of Gen. John J. Pershing's American Expeditionary Force helped to give the attendees a feeling for the long history of the U.S. military's record of combat and determination.

As the volley fire of the doughboys' Springfield rifles echoed through the trees before the playing of Taps> they heralded the courage of those American Soldiers and Marines sent by President Woodrow Wilson to support a war-weary French and British army in their fighr for liberty against the German army of Kaiser Wilhelm II. …

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