Summary of the eRumor A picture of a statue of
an American soldier kneeling in honor of a fallen comrade and being
comforted by an Iraqi child. The accompanying text says the statue is in Iraq and was made by the
same Iraqi artist who did some of the statues of Saddam Hussein and
were constructed from melted Saddam statutes.
According to an article in ARNEWS,
the Army News service, this eRumor is true.
ARNEWS says the sculptor's name is Kalat.
He was forced to fashion statues of Saddam Hussein including some
that were later destroyed by U.S. military explosives.
The bronze pieces of the statues were sent to Kalat and he made the
memorial using a picture of a U.S. soldier, 1st Sgt. Glen Simpson,
kneeling as a model.
According to ARNEWS, Kalat worked with another artist on the Saddam
Hussein statutes, but designed and fashioned the U.S. model on his
It's on display in Iraq and is destined to eventually be on display
at Fort Hood, where it will become part of a larger memorial project
at the 4th Inf. Div. museum.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Subject: This is one that all
Americans ought to see!
This picture of the statue below was made
by an Iraqi artist named Kalat, who for years was forced by Saddam Hussein to make the many
hundreds of bronze busts of Saddam that dotted Baghdad. This
artist was so grateful that the Americans liberated his country, he
melted 3 of the fallen Saddam heads and made a memorial statue dedicated
to the American soldiers and their fallen comrades. Kalat worked
on this night and day for several months.
To the left of the kneeling soldier is a small
Iraqi girl giving
the soldier comfort as he mourns the loss of his comrade in arms.
is currently on display outside the palace that is now home to the
4th Infantry division. It will eventually be shipped and shown at
memorial museum in Fort Hood, Texas.r>