1st Engineer Battalion Unveils the "Diehard Wall of Honor"
The “Diehard Memorial Wall” is open to all Soldiers and family members. Lt. Col. Kirk E. Gibbs encourages visitation and says it is a place for him to “reflect and draw inspiration.” CPT (CH) Jason Hill explains to his son Matthew the meaning and significance of the names on the wall.
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Story by: 2LT Dominic T. B. Rios
1st EN BN PAO
The distinguished history of 1st Engineer Battalion is a source of pride among its Soldiers. As the "Oldest and most Decorated Engineer Battalion" it has participated in every major United States conflict except the Korean War. From the Mexican-American War in 1846 to present day Afghanistan; 1st Engineer Battalion has fought valiantly, earning 63 decorations and campaign streamers. In honor of those who have fought and given the ultimate sacrifice, 1st Engineer Battalion has assembled a memorial wall labeled the "Diehard Wall of Honor" as a tribute to those to have been lost in combat.
The "Diehard Wall of Honor" was coordinated by MSG David K. Hopkins in an effort to establish a lasting memorial which will remain with the Battalion wherever it is located. The memorial contains the names of every fallen Diehard Soldier dating back to WWII and the landings at Normandy. The wall also includes Medal of Honor awardees; Sergeant Major Frederick W. Gerber and Sergeant Wilber E. Colyer. This rich history provides inspiration which propels the current Diehards to strive for excellence and uphold the standards which have been displayed since the unit's formation. The wall was unveiled during Diehard week on 13MAR2011. The ceremony was attended by several families of recent fallen Diehards.