Beautiful Fallen Soldier Organ Donor Memorial in Virginia

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Cpl. Benjamin Kopp, a 21-year-old Army Ranger from Rosemount, saved six of his comrades when his regiment came under small arms fire by insurgents in Afghanistan in July 2009.

Kopp was wounded by a sniper and did not survive his wounds. But his heroics did not end that day: He saved or enhanced the lives of 60 people by donating his bone, skin, tissue and all of his organs.

Army Cpl. Benjamin Kopp, 21, died July 18, 2009, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Kopp and other donors from the armed forces are now being honored by the Fallen Soldier Donor Memorial, which was unveiled Thursday at the United Network for Organ Sharing in Richmond, Va. The memorial, which is adjacent to the National Donor Memorial, includes a bronze sculpture of a larger-than-life soldier leaning forward with cupped hands holding dog tags.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe unveiled a companion plaque that will hang at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, a U.S. military hospital in Germany where many wounded soldiers, including Kopp, are transferred.


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