Wednesday, March 6, 2013

No Man Left Behind

The Wounded Warrior Battalion East and Hope For The Warriors® are excited to unveil the new monument in front of the Warrior Hope and Care Center at 2 p.m. on March 8.  The event will take place at Wounded Warrior Drive, Building PP-3, Camp Lejeune, NC.

If you live in the Camp Lejeune area, we invite you to attend and view the completed monument on its pedestal. (Military: Dress Service Bravo; Civlian: Business Casual)

The monument is based on the iconic photograph titled Hell House, captured by acclaimed combat photographer Lucian Read.  As battle raged, (then) 1st Sgt. Bradley Kasal, USMC, risked his life for the lives of his Marines. Kasal pushed through enemy fire to shield a wounded Marine from a grenade explosion.  The photograph depicts Chris Marquez and Dane Shaffer, both Lance Corporals in the Marine Corps, carrying a bloody Kasal out of the house to safety.

We are excited to share that both Chris Marquez and Dane Shaffer will attend the unveiling this Friday.  SgtMaj Kasal is not able to attend but was very quick to share, "Remind everyone that they (Marquez and Shaffer) were the heroes that day."

The sculpture was created by artist John Phelps, a man who understands firsthand the weight of war.  His son, LCpl. Chance Phelps, USMC, was killed in action in April 2004. The HBO® movie, Taking Chance, chronicled the journey of the Marine escort who brought LCpl. Phelps home. 

Since the loss of his son, John has become an advocate for wounded service members and Gold Star families.  He is heavily involved with Hope For The Warriors®.  John also designed and created the statue given to our Hope & Courage Honorees at the Got Heart, Give Hope® Gala.

Hope For The Warriors leaders at the Warrior Hope and Care Center Grand Opening
Photo by Sgt. Mallory S. VanderSchans

The concept for the Warrior Hope and CareCenter was conceived by Hope For The Warriors® leadership.  In early 2007, principals of the organization attended the ribbon cutting for the Center for the Intrepid (CFI) in San Antonio, Texas.  They were impressed with the facility and frustrated that at Camp Lejeune, the wounded were not receiving that same level of care.

They returned from that trip, determined to change that problem.  Architectural plans were drawn and Hope For The Warriors® donated the plans to the Marine Corps.  The Warrior Hope and Care Centers were officially opened at both Camp Pendleton and Camp Lejeune in 2012.

Hope For The Warriors® is excited for the monument unveiling and hope that all who are in the area, can attend.  We believe that the sculpture is both a beautiful piece of artwork and a significant tribute to the men and women who have served and sacrificed.
Replicas will soon be available in both bronze and resin.  The funds raised from the sale of the replicas will support programs from Hope For The Warriors®.  To inquire about the replicas, e-mail 

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