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Fallen soldiers honored

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Arkansas's lost soldiers are being remembered at the Dean B. Ellis Library on the Arkansas State University campus in Jonesboro.

The exhibit titled "Fallen Heroes from Arkansas" features photographs of the 41 Arkansas men and women who have given their lives in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom from 2003 to the present, according to Tom Moore, Director of ASU Communications.

Among the featured soldiers, are two of the area's local heroes -- Cpl. Jason S. Clairday and Spc. Joshua S. Marcum.

Clairday, a 2001 graduate of Salem High School, died Dec. 12, 2004. The 21-year-old Marine, who was married just weeks before he left for Iraq, gave his life battling enemy fire in Fallujah.

Marcum, a 33-year-old Evening Shade native, was killed Jan. 4, 2005, alongside two other Arkansas soldiers after their Humvee was caught in a roadside bomb explosion in Taji.

In addition to memorializing fallen soldiers, the exhibit also displays several articles of war -- an Iraqi flag, an Iraqi war medal, pieces of an Iraqi castle wall and an Iraqi SKS bayonet, Moore said.

"Fallen Heroes from Arkansas" is a collaboration with the ASU Department of Military Science and Leadership and Congressman Marion Berry. It will be on display until Feb. 10.

Individuals with questions can contact Moore by calling 870-972-3056 or by e-mailing him at tmoore@astate.edu.

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