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  • Monument Name

    Special Warfare Memorial Statue, Fort Bragg

  • Type

    Common Soldier Statue

  • Subjects

    Vietnam War, 1960-1975

  • Creator

    Donald De Lue, Designer

    Donald De Lue, Sculptor

  • City

    Fort Bragg

  • County


  • Description

    A bronze sculpture of a Green Beret Special Forces non-commissioned officer from the Vietnam War stands from a height of 22 feet in the U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s Memorial Plaza at Fort Bragg. He is alert and at the ready with his finger above the trigger of his M-16. His hand is extended, and his foot crushes a snake to represent the end of oppression. The statue itself is 12 feet of bronze, standing atop of a green granite pedestal. Inside the statue’s base is a time capsule with a Spacial Forces uniform, a Green Beret, John F. Kennedy’s speech to the Green Beret soldiers, and a bust of JFK. The platform that has an inscription. The statue faces an American flag and the USASOC Memorial Wall Marker, which has the names of soldiers killed in combat.

  • Inscription

    Welcome Kinsman, Comrade, Friend. / Recorded here on this humble Wall are the / names of our fallen Heroes. They were / and will always be cherished Soldiers of / Army Special Operations, our comrades in arms. / Know that they eagerly sought and accepted / our Nation's most difficult missions against / our most dangerous enemies. Know that / they willingly endured hardship and danger / and, at the end, sacrificed all for us. / With solemn pride, know that in doing so / they proved true to their oath to the Constitution and / duty to the Citizens of the United States of America. / To them, their example and their memory / we humbly dedicate this Memorial.

  • Dedication Date

    November 1, 1969

  • Decade


  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.111270 , -79.004540 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "USASOC Memorial Wall," The Historical Marker Database,, (accessed June 2, 2011) Link

      Bustamante, Erica. "Fort Bragg Builds New Memorial To Honor War Dead,", May 21, 2010, (accessed January 12, 2014) Link

      Carter, Daniel A. "USASOC honors SOF Soldiers with ceremony,", May 28, 2013, (accessed January 12, 2014) Link

      USASOC. "The Special Warfare Memorial Statue,", (accessed January 12, 2014) Link

  • Public Site


  • Materials & Techniques

    Rare green granite base, Italian golden bronze statue

  • Sponsors

    Monument funded with $5,000 donations from John Wayne and Barry Sadler, $1,000 from Robert McNamara, and the remainder from global Special Forces soldiers. USASOC (United States Army Special Operations Command) Soldier, Family and Command Support Association.

  • Monument Cost


  • Nickname

    Bronze Bruce

  • Landscape

    The monument overlooks Fort Bragg’s Memorial Square. As of 2010, Bronze Bruce faces the Fallen Special Operations Soldiers memorial wall.

  • Former Locations

    When dedicated the statue stood across from the JFK Special Warfare Center. It was moved to its current location in 1995.

  • Post Dedication Use

    The Memorial Plaza hosts celebrations and memorial ceremonies for Memorial day and other events.

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