30 Mar '13, 2pm

On its 50th anniversary, the 173rd Airborne Brigade honors its fallen: #HonorTheFallen #NeverForget

On its 50th anniversary, the 173rd Airborne Brigade honors its fallen: #HonorTheFallen #NeverForget

FORT BENNING, Ga. (March 27, 2013) -- On the night before he read the name of his deceased son at the 50th anniversary celebration of the 173rd Airborne Brigade at the National Infantry Museum, Martin Madden went to the brigade's memorial alone with his guitar, and played for several hours. It was the night before the birthday of his son, Russell, who would have been 32, had he not been killed in Afghanistan on June 23, 2010. Madden taught his son how to play. He dwelt on memories of Russell, including the times they played guitar together and the last time he spoke to him on Father's Day, three days before he died. Russell also left behind a wife and son, Madden said. "I sure do miss him," he said. "Sometimes communication wasn't always as strong as it could have been (between us). But we could always play music together." Madden drove more than 10 hours to Fort Benning f...

Full article: http://www.army.mil/article/99911/173rd_remembers_fallen_...

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