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  • Monument Name

    No Man Left Behind Sculpture, Camp Lejeune

  • Type


  • Subjects

    Veterans of Multiple Wars

  • Creator

    John Phelps, Sculptor

  • City


  • County


  • Description

    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.

  • Dedication Date

    March 8, 2013

  • Decade


  • Geographic Coordinates

    34.696090 , -77.332470 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Hope & Care Center," Hope For The Warriors (accessed June 18, 2014) Link

      "John Phelps Sculpture To Be Dedicated at Camp Lejeune," Arts of War on the Web (accessed June 18, 2014). Link

      "No Man Left Behind," Hope For The Warriors (accessed June 18, 2014) Link

      "Wounded Warrior Battalion-East and Hope For The Warriors Unveil Monument in Front of Warrior Hope and Care Center," PRWeb (accessed June 18, 2014) Link

      Brennan, Thomas. "Monument unveiled as a tribute to families of the wounded and fallen," (accessed June 18, 2014) Link

      Hodge Seck, Hope. "Iconic 'Hell House' photo commemorated in statue for Lejeune Hope and Care Center," Battle Rattle (accessed June 18, 2014) Link

      Hodge, Hope. "Two statues recall Fallujah's 'Hell House,'" Marine Corps Times (accessed June 19, 2014) Link

      Kirby, Anthony (Cpl.). "Marines helping Marines: Monument gives wounded warriors hope," DVIDS - Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System (accessed June 18, 2014) Link

      Smyth, Sean. "Iconic 'Hell House' photo commemorated in statue at Lejeune," Off Duty (accessed June 18, 2014) Link

      Staff. "Wounded Warriors to unveil monument," (accessed June 18, 2014) Link

  • Public Site


  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze, brick, stone

  • Sponsors

    The monument was commissioned by Hope For The Warriors but funds were raised by North Carolina Credit Union League and Balfour Beatty Construction.

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The unveiling ceremony took place on March 8, 2013 at 2:00 pm (EST). Two of the depicted Marines unveiled the sculpture.

  • Nickname

    Hell House Monument

  • Subject Notes

    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.

  • Location

    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.

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