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IN HONOR OF THE SOLDIER MEDICS WHO SERVE THEIR COUNTRY IN COMBAT
History – Combat Medic Memorial
The concept for the Combat Medic Memorial was developed by LTC Richard J. Berchin, MSC. He established a private association in September 1977 to raise the funds to construct a memorial to honor those medics who serve their country in combat. The other members of the Combat Medical Memorial Fund Committee were: COL Robert E. Mathias, MAJ Michael D. Cordy, MAJ Jerry P. Devine, CSM George J. Pierce, and CSM (Ret) Edward O’Boyle.
Based on the guidance provided by LTC Berchin, Mr. Fred Oberlies prepared the artist’s conception of the memorial statue of a medic tending to his fallen comrade. This was further refined into a three dimensional statue by the sculptor, Katherine Speed Ettl, Princeton, NJ. The full-scale bronze statue was produced by a combination of the sand-cast and lost wax processes at the Bedi-Makky Foundry, Brooklyn, NY. The uniform and equipment depicted in the statue are from World War II (circa 1944). Funds were raised primarily by direct mail solicitation to individuals and organizations worldwide. The Military Affairs Council of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce took on the preparation of the memorial site as one of their projects for the year 1979 and coordinated the construction support provided by numerous local businesses. No government funds were used for this project.
Construction of the memorial began with a ground breaking ceremony on 6 September 1979. The statue was delivered to the memorial site on October, and the dedication ceremony was held on 9 November 1979.
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