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    In remembrance of CPL Joseph Maciel

    In remembrance of CPL Joseph Maciel

    Photo By Spc. Devron Bost | A tree was planted dedicated to honor fallen Soldier Cpl. Joseph Maciel during a...... read more read more

    Family and Soldiers joined the 3rd Infantry Division, Feb. 5, in remembering the life and service of Cpl. Joseph Maciel, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 3rd ID, during a tree dedication ceremony at Warriors Walk on Fort Stewart.

    The 3rd ID and Fort Stewart community expressed condolences to Family and friends of the infantry Soldier by dedicating a white-flowering Crepe Myrtle tree in his honor at Warriors Walk. Warriors Walk is a living memorial of white-flowering Crape Myrtle trees dedicated to the fallen Soldiers of 3rd ID and attached units who served during the Global War on Terror.

    The ceremony marked the 469th tree to be dedicated since its inception.

    Soldiers of his unit traveled from Fort Benning, to show their support for the mother and Family of their fallen comrade.

    Maciel was born Sept. 5, 1997, in South Gate, California. He joined the Army in 2016, where he served as a rifleman. He deployed to Tarin Kowt District, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan in support of the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

    "Maciel always had a never quit attitude, he went above and beyond to complete his missions,” said Staff Sgt. Eddie Negron, squad leader for Task Force 1-28. “It feels as though someone took something special away from me, he was like my son."

    During the ceremony a moment of silence was given as Maciel’s younger brother Angel Maciel, and mother Angelina Maciel where they placed a yellow rose at his tree.

    Maciel died of injuries sustained during an attack on July 7, 2018. His awards and decorations include: a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal, and Afghanistan Campaign Medal. The 3rd ID and Fort Benning Community continues to remain committed to the Soldiers and Families who lost their love ones while defending our nation.

    “CPL Joseph Maciel leaves a lasting impact on the Soldiers and leaders of his platoon, company and battalion, said Maj. Gen. Lee Quintas, 3ID commander. “By adding his tree today to Warriors Walk -- he leaves a lasting impact on the Third Infantry Division and all who visit Warriors Walk.”



    Date Taken: 02.05.2019
    Date Posted: 02.05.2019 20:12
    Story ID: 309634
    Location: FORT STEWART, GA, US 

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