GI’s receive memorial from Iraqi artisan

San Jose Mercury News:A life-size statue of a GI in mourning made from the bronze of two melted-down monuments to Saddam Hussein was dedicated to the 4th Infantry Division.

Hundreds of soldiers at a ceremony Thursday joined family members and friends of the 75 men and six women from the division killed in the war.

Division soldiers had toppled two 50-foot statues of a heroic Saddam on horseback in Saddam’s hometown of Tikrit.

An Iraqi artist melted the statues down and created a new one depicting a GI mourning the fallen comrades as a girl tries to console him.