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On June 16, 2018, a gathering of almost 100 took place very near the spot where three soldiers from Camp Gordon died while on a mission, exactly 100 years ago to the day. Sgt. Scott Abraham Marquisee, Corp. Samuel F. Smith, and Pvt. Ernest Rhinesmith were killed when the convoy truck they were riding in fell through the old covered bridge. This convoy of several troop trucks and automobiles was on a mission to round up deserters in the hills of Cherokee County, Georgia. The covered bridge had been sabotaged, causing the heavy truck to crash through and fall 40 feet to the Etowah river below.

This memorial event, produced by retired police officer and historical researcher, Michael Hitt, brought together military, police, religious, and the community to remember the sacrifices of these men and their families. An historical color guard, 21 gun salute, bagpipes and bugle taps helped to mark the occasion.

More information about this almost forgotten tragic incident may be found at: https://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/georgia-wwi-home/4394-steele-s-bridge-incident-3-camp-gordon-soldiers-killed-in-military-operation-in-cherokee-county-centennial-memorial.html

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  • Mr. Scott Delius, Atlanta
  • Mr. Rick Elder, Sylvania
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