On Saturday, 26 September 2015, the Dodge County High School Army JROTC Battalion (Eastman, GA) hosted a silent tribute to former Cadet Chris Dickerson who was Killed In Action in Iraq in 2004 while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Chris is the only Dodge County native to perish in the War on Terrorism. While conducting combat operations at night in Al Anbar Province, Chris was mortally wounded. He was awarded the NAVY AND MARINE CORPS COMMENDATION MEDAL W/COMBAT "V" FOR VALOR and the PURPLE HEART MEDAL. Chris' convoy rolled into a deliberate ambush at night near Hit, Iraq. His gun truck was hit by two improvised explosive devices and Chris was mortally wounded. He was driving...instead of giving up he steered his truck into the enemy vehicle pinning the Iraqi driver and passenger inside and saving several more American lives in his final act on this earth. Chris died upholding the Seabee motto: "With compassion for others, we build - we fight, for peace with freedom."
Starting at 6:00 pm, 15 Honor Guard cadets stood watch next to the War Memorial recently inscribed with Chris' name. At dusk, more than 200 family and friends reflected and shared Chris' story to honor his sacrifice to a grateful nation. A candle light vigil was held followed by a wonderful musical concert featuring former Cadet Coty Barnett.
Pictured: Cadet/CSM Marquious Chancey stands the final watch in honor of Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Chris Dickerson.
Pictured: The War on Terrorism Memorial inscribed with former JROTC Cadet Chris Dickerson's name. A project completed by the JROTC cadets during the summer of 2015.