The Schofield Memorial project was conceived by the commanding officer of the 25th Infantry
Division and his staff while
stationed in Afghanistan in 2004.  MG Eric T. Olson sent word back
to Schofield Barracks that he wanted an appropriate
memorial to honor the 25th’s Soldiers who
were killed in action while serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.  His staff indicated
they wanted this
memorial completed by the time the elements of the Division returned from Afghanistan and
Iraq in June

MAJ Anthony San Nicholas was tasked with the job of designing the memorial, finding a sculptor
for the statues and a
contractor for the base of the monument.  In addition MAJ San Nicholas was
asked to find the funds needed for this project.
This fund raising proved to be the most difficult
of his tasks.  He quickly found that soliciting Soldiers and the general public
by active duty personnel
 was prohibited while on duty.  MAJ San Nicholas went to the 25th Infantry Division Association’s

annual reunion in September of 2004 at Tucson, AZ to ask for assistance in raising funds.  The
Association has a membership
of over 4000 Veterans and active duty Soldiers that served with the
Division in WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the current
Global War on Terror (GWOT).

The leadership of the Association quickly saw the importance of the memorial to the returning
Soldiers, remembering that the
return of Korean and Vietnam Veterans was met with indifference
and/or disrespect.  It was agreed upon by a unanimous
vote to donate $10,000.00 to get the project
started. The leadership also suggested that the concept of the memorial
be expanded to include
honoring of the 25th’s other Soldiers from WWII, Korea and Vietnam.  With the acceptance of

this concept by all parties, the Association agreed to take on the responsibility of fund raising for
the entire project.
Tom Jones and Dave Garrod, both Vietnam Veterans and past officers
 of the Association agreed to co-chair
the memorial fund raising committee.  In late November of
2004, Jones and Garrod traveled to Schofield Barracks to meet with a
potential sculptor and
review concepts for the design of the memorial.  Also included in these discussions was

GEN (R) Fred C. Weyand, who had taken the 25th ID to Vietnam in 1966.

Hawaiian artist Lynn Weiler Liverton, was chosen as the sculptor of the Monument. For Liverton,
designing and sculpting the monument provided insight into the world of today’s soldiers. “I knew
 nothing about the Army when
I started this project,” she said. “I had to learn as I went. The soldiers
 are now individuals to me.Each individual is fighting that
battle; each individual is sacrificing
something.”  SGT James R. Rivera who was back at Schofield recovering from wounds
in Iraq was the model for the GWOT statue.

Butch Sincock, Executive Director of the Association speaking at the June 2005 dedication of the
 first phase of the Monument
(the GWOT Soldier statue and Soldier’s cross) said of the future
statues to be added:  “Each will wear the uniform of his war and
carry the infantry weapon of his
war, and each will proudly wear the Tropic Lightning
patch on his shoulder. 
“They will stand by
the soldier we unveil today, for in every sense, today’s soldier does not stand

Fund raising for the second phase of the monument (the WWII, Korea and Vietnam statues) slowed
 down in late 2005 after
the dedication of the first phase.  To jump start the fund raising, the committee
 decided to sell engraved bricks to go into a
courtyard adjacent to the Monument.  It was discovered
that ceremonies for re-enlistment and promotions were being held at
the Monument and that
a brick courtyard would be just the thing to accommodate this.  The engraved  brick sales really took

off and were probably inspired even more by an anonymous donor who stepped forward and
agreed to match any donations
no matter what size up to $150,000.00.  Several individual Veterans
 honored the Soldiers killed in action (KIA) in their units
by purchasing an engraved brick for each
KIA during that unit’s deployment or during the individual’s tour of duty.

Jones and Garrod went to Schofield in September 2006 prior to the Association’s annual reunion to
 install the engraved bricks.
 Bernie Fuller, owner of South Pacific Builders had installed a concrete
base and black sand to lay the bricks in. This part of
the courtyard construction was donated by
Bernie (labor and materials).  Bernie’s company had built the base for and landscaped

around the first phase of the Monument.  This donation was a thank you for that job and a tribute
 to the Soldiers of the Division.

At a ceremony on 30 September 2006 during the Association’s 57th annual reunion, the completed
Schofield Memorial
Monument was dedicated and the last three statues were unveiled. 
Participating in this unveiling was Rodney Barrett, a WWII
Veteran, Harry Davis, a Korean
Veteran and Ann Cunningham, a Vietnam Veteran nurse.  Each unveiled the corresponding

statue from their era of warfare.  Over 600 members and many Soldiers attended the ceremony.
  In less than three years the
Veterans and Soldiers of the 25th Infantry Division were able to raise
the funds and complete the Monument.  An unparalleled
accomplishment in the history of the
Division and the Association.

The Memorial Fund is now concentrating its’ efforts to fund raise additional monies to maintain
 the Monument and perhaps
construct a second, duplicate Monument on the grounds of the
National Museum of the US Army at Ft Belvoir.  This would
give Veterans, their family and
 friends much easier access to see the Monument.