All Services Memorial
"I cannot name my battle for the visions are not clearYet I see the twisted faces and I feel the rending spearIn the windless blinding stillness of the glittering tropic seaI can see the bubbles rising where we set the captives freeSo forever in the future shall I battle as of yoreDying to be born a fighter but to die again once moreUnited States NavyHonorCourageCommitmentAnchors Aweigh"
"It cannot be inherited nor can it ever be purchasedYou and no one alive can buy it for any price It is impossible to rent and cannot be lentYou and our own have earned it with your sweat and blood and lives you own it foreverThe TileUnited States MarineHonor CourageCommitmentDiscipline IntegrityPrideSemper Fidelis"
"These brave individuals unselfishly served their country with honor in time of war in many foreign landsThey have suffered deprivation and have endured long separations from family and friendsIt is only fitting that these brave veterans receive the recognition that they have earned and deserveThis tribute is to those who proudly served in theUnited States Air ForceIntegrity FirstService Before SelfExcellence In All We Do"
"Ships are more than steel and wood and heart of burning coalFor those that sail upon them know that ships can have a soulThey sail upon the seven seas months on end out on patrolAnd sometimes sadly must pay a deadly tollUnited States Coast GuardHonorCourageDevotion to Duty"
ERIK CLAYTON KESTERSONWarrant OfficerMar 10, 1974 - Nov 15, 2003Killed in Action - Mosul, Iraq
Stop completed March 30, 2017 I was very surprised, and pleased, to see the US Merchant Marine represented and that about two dozen of their veterans were honored on paving bricks. The loss percentage from this group of World War II sailors was amazingly high. Seamen in the Merchant Marine could expect to be aboard a sinking ship about once every ten crossings, and sometimes more.
Among the other dedicated bricks is the name of BM1 Roland J Edwards, who died when USS Indianapolis was sunk in 1945. Carson Roberts also has a dedicated brick. He was a communications officer in the Flying Tigers and USAAF in early 1942.
Also remembered on the bricks is 1st Sgt Darrell Shawan Staley, USMC, an Ohio native who made the Marine Corps a career. He had been in service 16 years when he died as a POW aboard the Japanese "Hell Ship" Enoro Maru on 9 January 1945. He survived the attacks upon Corregidor and the Bataan Death March, and was posthumously awarded the Silver Star.