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Write From The Front

WFTF is a special program that the SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum created specifically to preserve email, photos, and letters from South Carolina service members that reflect their daily experiences while on duty defending our nation. WFTF is central to the Museum’s mission to collect and preserve South Carolina’s military history from the colonial period to the present.
 
For centuries, South Carolinians have answered the call to military service. From Fort Moultrie to the Persian Gulf, the proud sons and daughters of the Palmetto State have always served with honor and distinction. We know about their brave feats and quiet sacrifices – their contribution to our history - from the letters and photographs that soldiers have sent back from the field of battle through the ages. The most precious resource for historians and future generations are the thoughts, recollections, and experiences of our service members recorded at the time that they lived them.
The advent of the Internet has dramatically changed how service members communicate with those at home. Today it is possible to send a quick email from almost anywhere at any time. The immediacy of email makes these sources an especially important historical treasure - but they can also be lost forever with a single click of the delete button.
 
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WFTF seeks to protect these important documents so that researchers can tell the stories of those who sacrificed to keep our state and nation safe and free. Whether 
they’re hidden away on a hard drive or in an old shoebox, the passage of time only increases the chances these irreplaceable records of history as it was lived,
by those who lived it, will be lost.

SC's Fallen Heroes

Some South Carolinian soldiers have made the ultimate sacrifice while deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations. This gallery is intended to honor their lives and preserve their memory. Click on each name to access additional information on these soldiers.

Lance Cpl. Christopher Fowlkes

Lance Cpl Christopher Fowlkes, 20, of Gaffney, died September 10, 2009 of injuries sustained in Helmand Providence, Afghanistan.  When the vehicle Fowlkes and four other Marines were in was struck by enemy fire on September 3, 2009, the five left their vehicle and began their counterattack.  One of the Marines stepped on an IED, killing two immediately and critically wounding Fowlkes.  He was transferred to a military hospital in Germany, where he died a week later.

A member of the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd LAR, Delta Company, based out of Camp LeJeune, he was awarded the Enduring Freedom Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and SMCR Medal.

Fowlkes was involved in wrestling and football at Gaffney High School, where he graduated in 2007. 

He was the first member of Cherokee County, SC to die in armed services since the Vietnam War.