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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.

Spc. Anthony C. Owens

Army SPC Anthony C. Owens, 21, of Conway, SC, died on February 1, 2006. 

Owens was killed in Baghdad, Iraq, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces using small-arms fire and grenades.  He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Ft. Campbell, KY. 

A fellow solider, SFC Phil Blaisdell, who was with Owens the day of the attack stated:

We were attacked and SPC Owens showed no fear.  He was separated from his squad and ran through a hail of enemy gunfire to his team’s position to assist them in returning fire and establishing a support by fire for the assault team.  Later on he stacked on a door, knowing enemy personnel were inside and entered the building.  He is a hero and saved lives that day in Rushdi-Mulla.