1st Battalion 24th Marines Memorial
1st Battalion, 24th Marines (1/24), is a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve infantry battalion, headquartered at Selfridge ANG Base, Michigan. Other units of the battalion are, Alpha Co. in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Bravo Co., in Terre Haute, Indiana, Charlie Co. in Lansing, Michigan, and Weapons Co., in Perrysburg, Ohio.
In 2006-2007, 1/24 was deployed to Al Anbar Province, Iraq for duty. During this deployment, 22 Marines were killed in combat operations. Upon return, the 1/24 Memorial Committee (a 501(c)(3) organization)was formed to design and build a suitable memorial to these "Fallen 22."
The memorial has been given a site in Chesterfield Twp., Michigan, thanks to the generosity of the people of the community, and the township board. A ground breaking ceremony was held on Sept 11, 2014, and the first phase of construction has begun, in honor of Karen Hilarides, who's family made a generous donation in her name, allowing us to get to this point. A number of donations in kind, of labor and material, have been made or are forthcoming from construction companies and local labor unions.
We have recieved many donations from generous people, who gave from their hearts, whatever they could. We want to complete this memorial in the summer of 2017, and dedicate it to the the 22 Marines, their families and the Marines they served with.
BROCK BABB, JOSHUA HINES, RICHARD BUERSTETTA,
TYLER OVERSTREET, THOMAS GILBERT, JONATHAN THORNSBERRY, TARRYL HILL, MARCUS GOLCZYNSKI, TROY NEALEY, MINHEE "ANDY" KIM, BRYAN BURGESS, JEREMY SHOCK, BRENT BEELER, NICHOLAS MILLER, BRETT WITTEVEEN, WILLIAM SPENCER, CHRISTOPHER ESCKELSON, JACOB NEAL, LUIS CASTILLO, MARK KIDD, MATTHEW PATHENOS, BUFFORD “KENNY” VAN SLYKE
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The 1st Battalion, 24th Marines Memorial is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. 1-24memorial.com
This is how the memorial looks today. We still have a ways to go, and hope that you will join us in completing this tribute to the Fallen 22 of 1st Bn., 24th Marines.
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Also, we are getting strong support from Navetta Masonry, of Novi, Michigan, building the veneer stone, on the walls and placing the granite plaques. Their donation of labor brings the value of another $17,000 off of the amount needed.
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