Memorial wall at Camp Pendleton honors Iraq, Afghanistan war dead
To honor Marines and sailors killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, a memorial wall was unveiled Wednesday at Camp Pendleton.
Local Rotary clubs raised $65,000 to pay for the names of the dead to be etched on a sandstone wall across from the 1st Marine Division headquarters. The names of 1,146 Marines and sailors, including 453 from the Camp Pendleton-based 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, are arranged by the year of their death.
In a brief ceremony, Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, said the wall “is not intended to provide closure [for families of the fallen] nor should it be -- because the legacy of their heroism will always remain in their hearts.”
Several panels on the wall are blank.
“Sadly, there is space to provide for more names,” Waldhauser said at the morning ceremony. “Any future fallen hero will have a place on this wall.”
Hours later, the Pentagon released the name of another Marine killed in Afghanistan. And on Thursday morning, the name of a second Marine was released.
-- Tony Perry at Camp Pendleton
Photo: A guest at the unveiling ceremony reads names on the memorial wall at Camp Pendleton. Credit: Tony Perry / Los Angeles Times