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tooslow 20 May 2014 16:28

Soldier Stone
 
I'm interested in this 'Soldier Stone'; the whys and the wherefores.
Does anyone have any knowledge of the back story concerning this?
I searched 'Soldier Stone' on this forum and came up blank.
Google and 'This Ain't Hell' only pose the questions.
http://www.military.com/video/operat...2805626482001/
http://www.georgepostphotography.com...5&p=9&a=0&at=0
(I didn't find the list of prohibited sites/newspapers, either)

Medic09 20 May 2014 19:44

http://gemjourn.blogspot.com/2013/10...et-tucked.html (read down a ways)

http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?id=437231

I found this mention in comments on a blog:

"SOLDIERSTONE

The location is at 38 17 31.08 N 106 22 16.22 W, in Colorado, on top of Sergeants Mesa, just off of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail

Found some more Forrest Fenn’s handiwork….?

“Soldierstone. An amazing monument in the middle of nowhere. It’s a pillar about twelve feet high with text on each side. It’s surrounded by rocks piled into a low wall. Further away stones are arrayed all around the monument. These stones are inscribed with quotations, some in English, but most in other languages. It’s dedicated to those soldiers of other countries who collaborated with the USA in Southeast Asia. The former military man who conceived of the monument, somehow got it located and built on public land, and paid for it, felt that these nameless, unthanked soldiers deserved this unique recognition. He also felt that it needed to be a low-key monument (like those soldiers), so his desire was that it would be built without government fuss, and after being built, would not be advertised. Very strange. Yet it is somehow moving and there is a sense of the sacred about the place.”

Curious indeed.

Tracy 20 May 2014 20:26

Pretty cool.

tooslow 21 May 2014 05:56

Thanks for the interest. I understand (kinda) what it is and where it is, but I could find no mention of WHO built it and what his purpose was, or why various stones are placed around the monument.
There just HAS TO BE a great back-story on this.
It moves me beyond reason.

Medic09 21 May 2014 13:44

Yesterday I emailed the photographer whose link tooslow put up in the OP. Here's the response I got today:


"It's in the Rio Grande National on Sargents Mesa, northwest of Saguache Colorado. The memorial was built by retired (and terminally-ill) U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Stuart Beckley to honor all soldiers who fought in various wars and conflicts in Southeast Asia. He wanted it to be on Federal land "in some remote corner of a National Forest" where it would remain in perpetuity. It is meant to be deliberately low-key, under the radar so to speak, in order to avoid political controversy, minimize human impact and especially to prevent vandalism.

Colonel Beckley's wish was that the memorial not be widely publicized, and shared mostly by word-of-mouth. The photos on my website have been somewhat controversial, with one veteran who participated in building the memorial requesting that I take the images off the web. But I have also heard from two other vets, both disabled, who expressed gratitude that they were able to view the pictures despite being unable to visit the memorial in person. So I hope my photographs are at least somewhat in keeping with Col. Beckley's idea; it is such a moving site that I really felt that others should be able to view my pictures, even if they are physically or geographically unable to travel to the actual site."

KidA 21 May 2014 14:17

Quote:

Originally Posted by Medic09 (Post 1058393951)
Yesterday I emailed the photographer whose link tooslow put up in the OP. Here's the response I got today:

Very cool.

tooslow 21 May 2014 14:37

Quote:

Originally Posted by Medic09 (Post 1058393951)
even if they are physically or geographically unable to travel to the actual site."

Thank you VERY much for researching the back story.
His response is especially important to me because the original link was sent to me by a 100% disabled Vietnam Vet who CANNOT travel, any longer.
He'll be tickled pink to hear more.

Again... thank you!

(Salutes)

https://www.google.com/#q=%22Colonel+Stuart+Beckley%22+

Mars 21 May 2014 14:42

tooslow -- thanks for the post.

Medic09 -- thanks for the follow-up.

This is a good thread about a good subject. Very cool indeed!


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