The 173rd Airborne Brigade Memorial
From the late 1980s through 2009 Chapter 1 members played a key leadership role in establishing a permanent 173rd Airborne Brigade Memorial on American soil to ensure that the Brigade’s contribution to the cause of freedom would always be remembered. This was a significant undertaking in that the Brigade has never had a permanent home on US soil.
The project was approved in 1987 by National President, BG (R) Jack Nicholson, and MG (R) Ellis “Butch” Williamson. Chapter 1 member COL (R) Ken Smith took the lead in this challenging project. He and Chapter 1 colleague, Walt Daniels, developed an initial design and began raising funds. The effort progressed slowly and in 2004 Chapter I President, Terry Modglin, submitted a new resolution which succeeded in getting the 173rd Brigade Association Board of Directors and the general membership renew support for the effort. The 173rd Airborne Brigade Memorial Foundation was formed to design, plan, raise funds, and construct the memorial.
Terry Modglin became the first President of the Foundation. The 173rd Airborne Brigade Memorial was dedicated on June 1, 2010, at Patriot Park near the site of the National Infantry Museum, Fort Benning, Georgia. Chapter I continues to be in the forefront of important Brigade projects.