Graniteville, South Carolina – On Saturday a memorial dedication for three fallen soldiers was held at the Graniteville Armory of the South Carolina Army National Guard. Members of the 1221st Route Clearance Engineering Company says they have waited a long time for this memorial in honor of their fallen brothers. It was dedicated to U.S. Marine Cpl. Matthew Dillon, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Willie Harley, and U.S. Army Sgt. Luther “Will” Rabon.
U.S. Marine Cpl. Matthew Dillon, who deployed with the 1221st to Operation Iraqui Freedom in 2003 and was a recipient of the Purple Heart for injuries sustained from a roadside bomb in 2004. He reenlisted in the Marine Corps and deployed again to Iraqi Freedom in 2006. On December 11, 2006, Dillon was killed in Anbar Province, Iraq when he was hit by an improvised explosive device.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Willie Harley from Aiken and U.S. Army Sgt. Luther “Will” Rabon from Lexington, who deployed with the 1221st to Operation Enduring Freedom were killed October 1, 2010 in Paktika Province, Afghanistan from wounds sustained when insurgents attacked their military vehicle with and improvised explosive device.
“It’s more of a place for us to come and reflect and to think about them then it is for anything else. And it’s supposed to be for good thoughts and good memories,” Christoper Huber, Company Commander 1221st Route Clearance Company said.
The three men were killed in combat fighting in the Global War on Terror.