Iraqi Statue Honoring American Soldiers-Truth!
Summary of 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 own.
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.