Vet commits 2,300 fallen troops’ names, ranks to memory

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (WCMH) — Ron White, an Afghanistan veteran, wants to make sure his fallen comrades are never forgotten.

And they won’t be when it comes to White, a national memory champion.

“I was looking at the Vietnam wall and I wondered how long it would take me to memorize,” White told KKTV of the idea’s origin. “Then it clicked in my head: I should do Afghanistan because that’s where I served.”

Over the next 10 months, White memorized 2,300 names to memory.

“First rank, first name, last name is 7,000 words,” White said.

After committing the 2,300 names to memory, White journeyed across the country, writing all the names on a traveling wall at 20 different locations.

“The first time I wrote it out was Feb. 28, 2013, so I’ve been doing this for three years,” he said.

It can take White almost 10 hours to write the names on the 52-foot-wide wall.

“The meaning behind it…this is just my way to keep the memory alive,” White said. “You know, it’s my way to say that, ‘You know we always say as a country you are not forgotten. We will never forget.

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