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Group Hoping to Build Memorial for Navy Corpsmen

By Smitha Rao

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. -It's the first memorial in Jacksonville honoring our Navy Corpsmen.

A group wants to build the first memorial paying tribute specifically to our Navy Corpsmen. 
Verl Matthews often visits the Vietnam Memorial in Jacksonville.
He says "Friends, buddies I went to Corps school with, whose names are on this wall".
The Vietnam Memorial surrounds the Beirut Memorial and a Memorial honoring 9-11 victims.

But Matthews says what's missing is something that recognizes the Navy Corpsmen who were killed in battle.

It holds a special meaning for the retired Vietnam Vet. 
He says "I was saved by a Navy Corpsman. He gave up his life saving me".
Verl is part of a group trying to build the memorial.

But organizers need to raise 500-thousand dollars to make it a reality. So far they have about 30-thousand.

They say it's something that's truly priceless for our military men and women.
Matthew Deschamps says "Where we train our hospital Corpsmen to serve with our fleet force and we want to recognize those individuals out here".
Right now there are about 27-thousand hospital Corpsmen in the Navy.

And Supporters say the memorial would also be a symbol of their sacrifice and dedication to the red, white and blue. 

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