No Man Left Behind Sculpture, Camp Lejeune
John Phelps, Sculptor
The monument stands atop a brick and stone pedestal. It measures approximately ten feet in height and thirteen feet in width. The sculpture depicts three soldiers (two carrying a third) and was based on a direct reference to a 2004 combat photograph by Lucian Read. It was created to honor all wounded and fallen service members.
March 8, 2013
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Bronze, brick, stone
The monument was commissioned by Hope For The Warriors but funds were raised by North Carolina Credit Union League and Balfour Beatty Construction.
The unveiling ceremony took place on March 8, 2013 at 2:00 pm (EST). Two of the depicted Marines unveiled the sculpture.
Hell House Monument
The design of the sculpture is largely based on the iconic image, entitled "Hell House," of two Marines, Chris Marquez and Dane Shaffer, carrying Marine Bradley Kasal away to safety in Fallujah, Iraq. For his bravery under fire, Marine 1st Sgt. Bradley Kasal was awarded the Navy Cross.
Additionally, the sculptor, John Phelps, is a Vietnam veteran and father to Marine Chance Phelps who was killed in action in Iraq in 2004. In fact, the story of his son's return home was chronicled in the HBO movie, "Taking Chance."
Hope For The Warriors' mission is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of fallen service members who have sustained injuries (both physical and psychological) in the line of duty.
The monument stands in front of the entrance to the Wounded Warrior Battalion Hope and Care Center at the Marine Corps Base on Camp Lejeune.