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ARNG dedicates new hall to fallen soldier

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas Army National Guard held a memorial and dedication ceremony on Sunday in honor of fallen soldier, CW4 Patrick W. Kordsmeier.

The 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team all gathered on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the new Brigade Headquarters, which was dedicated to one of their own who fell in the line of duty. Officials with the Army National Guard felt that it was only appropriate to dedicate the CW4 Patrick W. Kordsmeier Hall to their fallen comrade after all of the time he spent protecting his country.

CW4 Patrick W. Kordsmeier died in action during a rocket and mortar attack against Coalition Forces on Camp Cooke in Taji, Iraq, April 24, 2004. In total, Chief Kordsmeier accumulated more than 18 years of active service, and a total of 31 years of service in the Arkansas National Guard at the time of his death. Although he was near the end of his career, he willingly answered the call to serve on this deployment where he was responsible for roughly $300 million worth of equipment.

The Brigade suffered the loss of 16 Arkansas Soldiers during the Operation Iraqi Freedom-II deployment.