Memorial to kidnapped, slain soldier unveiled

Posted: Tuesday, August 25, 2009

MADRAS, Ore. - Residents in central Oregon have unveiled a memorial to Army Pfc. Thomas Tucker, the hometown soldier kidnapped in a checkpoint ambush in Iraq and killed three years ago.

The bronze statue designed by sculptor Rip Caswell shows Tucker reaching up to help an Iraqi girl.

Tucker and two other 101st Airborne Division soldiers were ambushed south of Baghdad. One soldier was found dead at the site of the checkpoint. The others were kidnapped, sparking a massive search effort by the military. Their mutilated bodies were found three days later.

The statue was unveiled Sunday in Madras.

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