Deployed Soldier Creates 9/11 Memorial Sculpture


A Fort Carson soldier deployed to Afghanistan may have the opportunity to see his artwork in the World Trade Center Museum when it opens.

Sgt. Robert White with Company B, 204th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, was asked by his battalion commander to design and weld a sculpture for a 9/11 remembrance ceremony.

Chief Warrant Officer Gene Balderman, assigned the job of finding the perfect soldier to make the sculpture, said White was up to the challenge.

The sculpture took three weeks and roughly 100 hours to build, according to a release from Fort Carson. It consists of three individual pieces mounted on a triangular plate, and pays tribute to the soldiers, firefighters and police officers who lost their lives on 9/11. White said an image of what the sculpture should look like just popped into his head.

“When I create, I get a picture in my head and I just go with it,” White said. White began learning how to weld at 13, and has 15 years experience.

According to Fort Carson, the sculpture has a piece that uses a silhouette of the boots, weapon and Kevlar of a fallen soldier with a man crouched before it to represent fallen soldiers; a diamond plate with the Twin Towers in front of it, surrounded by flames to represent fallen firefighters; and a metal shield in the shape of a police patch to represent fallen officers.

"The project is about selfless service," White said. "It's about unselfish people doing great things."

The sculpture was displayed at the 9/11 ceremony on Forward Operating Base Walton in Afghanistan Sunday, and will now be sent to the World Trade Center Tribute Center. The hope is that it will be displayed in the museum once it opens.

"After we are all dead and gone, metal is something that doesn't fade away, White said. "This is something that will be around to be remembered no matter whose hand it passes to, or where it goes from here."

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  • by Army Girlfriend Location: CS on Sep 14, 2011 at 12:30 PM
    Appauled and shocked at how some people can actually be. And truth be told even a little amused. They get on their high horses and bad mouth the military. My boyfriend just got back and he is Infantry. Our soldiers deserve out gratitude and respect. For all those you are just nasty: Why dont you go stand next to them? Why dont you go stand in front of them? Why are you here sitting on your a** while they are fighting for you? Oh yeah, because you dont have the balls. All talk. I am very proud of our military. They do more in 1 day then most people do in their whole lives.
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      by Nancy on Sep 14, 2011 at 06:42 PM in reply to Army Girlfriend
      OK, you want us to shut up because we know that the war on terror is a fraud yet you wouldn't want us to stop paying taxes to fund it would you? Thank God we are "free" enough to pay for the wars whether we support them or not. By the way, Washington takes rights away, not Al Qaeda or Taliban
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      by Anonymous on Sep 14, 2011 at 07:10 PM in reply to Army Girlfriend
      I don't want to die for the bankers. They are fighting for world government, not us or the USA. Sending more troops to Arlington isn't going to slow down the demise of America is it?
  • by Annonomyus on Sep 13, 2011 at 12:07 PM
    For all those who send the negative posts just Remember it is people like Sgt. White and my grandson in the army that protect your right to mouth off your negative commentents. A Thank You should be given now adn then for all those rights you so easily abuse. Have a good day anyway.
  • by Alison Location: Montana on Sep 13, 2011 at 10:56 AM
    Actions speak louder than words. SGT White is doing a very honorable thing...while others are sitting behind a computer and running their mouths. Job well done, soldier!!
  • by Bobby Location: COS on Sep 13, 2011 at 10:04 AM
    How is it we're defending our country when we are over in someone else's country dropping bombs on villages and killing women and children? And this country wasn't founded on the principal of war idiots, it was founded on freedom of religion. All of you mindless zombies who cluelessly follow what the media calls patriotism are the same ones who condemn the religion of the people we are murdering over there. I'll gladly stand up and defend my country and my family, but I won't go muder innocent people in the name of freedom.
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      by Marcia on Sep 13, 2011 at 05:04 PM in reply to Bobby
      Bobby, It is apparent by your response that you do not understand the "Big" picture of living on planet earth at this time. I have two sons serving in Afganistan right now. Take the time to really read and learn about all the rights and freedoms we have here and how we are protecting them. And this is not a war about religion. Be it on our own land or on another coutries soil. You have the freedom to make your comments here due to the service of our soldiers. Even if you do not understand all of it a small amount of appreciation and respect is still appropriate. Signed-- Soldiers MOM
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      by proud Army mom on Sep 13, 2011 at 06:57 PM in reply to Bobby
      I am a mother with 2 sons in the Army, one in Afghanistan who actually lives daily life WITH & NEXT to the Afghan people--no Bobby--none of our soldiers are killing women & children nor are they bombing villages. Read the Geneva Conventions. The Taliban is killing women & children. You are clearly a victim of the mainstream media that is not reporting the whole story about the daily good that we are accomplishing. Do you have someone actually living with the Afghans who can tell you what's really going on? I ship so many things over for the children & our soldiers are incredibly concerned and generous to the people with a profound respect for the TRUE religion the non-terrorists abide by. You need to direct your anger at the Taliban who harbored the terrorists & who are condemning their true religion. Remember, they came after us on 9-11 & that's exactly what they want to continue to accomplish. Shame on you for calling us mindless zombies who sacrifice so much as our loved ones put their lives on the line every day to help another nation understand safety & security & prevent further attacks on American soil. If you will gladly serve your nation, please do--it will dramatically change your mis-directed point of view.
  • by Anonymous Location: Colorado on Sep 12, 2011 at 08:09 PM
    Wow this looks awesome. A friend and I had done a project our senior year. It was a mosaic an while everyone else did everyday things, we chose to do something for 9/11. It turned out great and I love seeing art that people do to remember that tragic day. I think it shows the men and women a different kind of appreciation, that no matter how many year do by we are still thankful for what they did, and what our men and women still continue to do. This guy is great. Defending our country and still taking the time to show those his appreciation.
  • by Susan Location: Riverton, WY on Sep 12, 2011 at 06:54 PM
    The man that created this is my nephew and proudly serves us and our country. I could not be more proud of this work of art he has created. It is worthy of a museum
  • by Charlie Location: Rockaway Beach, Oregon on Sep 12, 2011 at 06:20 PM
    I can sure tell you that his mother is very proud of him. I also belive that his father Robert (Bob) White would also be very proud. Way to go Sgt. White we are all very proud of you. Stay safe and stay strong Bobby.
  • by Soldiers wife too Location: Stetson Hills on Sep 12, 2011 at 05:21 PM
    Edwin you a jerk! These men and women fight for you!!
  • by Petra Location: Colorado Springs on Sep 12, 2011 at 05:09 PM
    Sgt. & Mrs. White, ignore the negative comments. Personally, I thank you, Sgt., for my freedom & my safety & God Bless you, Mrs. White, for your own sacrifice!
  • by Bobby on Sep 12, 2011 at 04:26 PM
    Mindless masses. Let's put murderers up on a pedestal, all in the name of freedom! I hope you're proud of your husband for killing people. Probably women and children.
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      by Wow on Sep 13, 2011 at 03:14 AM in reply to Bobby
      Dear Bobby, I hope you can put down your hemp pipe, turn down your Ziggy Marley, and take a seat. Due to your lack of backbone, sitting may be difficult, but we all definitely understand. So....this country was founded by those willing to stand up and defend those who can't. In most cases, this meant both the young and the old. SGT White heard this call and enlisted (most likely after 9-11). While you were most likely hiding under bleachers or wetting your pants at the thought of confrontation, SGT White has offered to stand in your place. SGT White, I am over here with you as well and it's an honor to serve with you. Bobby, one of these days when you finally remove the tinfoil hat and turn off the conspiracy channels, you will thank the fine folks of the military who defend your right to speak. PS - The yellow on your back is most likely a permanent stain.
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