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Soldier’s Battle Cross to honor Cpl. Nathan Goodiron

Submitted Photo This is the bronze plaque that will be on the Soldier Battlefield Cross memorial to honor Cpl. Nathan Goodiron.

NEW TOWN – The North Dakota Heroes Foundation will conduct a dedication ceremony honoring Cpl. Nathan Goodiron on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m. at the Three Affiliated Tribes Museum.

Goodiron, of Mandaree, was killed in action in Afghanistan on Nov. 23, 2006, while on duty with the North Dakota National Guard’s Grand Forks-based 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment.

The memorial to be dedicated in honor of Good Iron is a “Soldier’s Battlefield Cross” made of bronze, with a bronze plaque affixed to the base.

Scheduled to give remarks during the dedication ceremony will be Mark Fox, chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation), U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer, former U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, and Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, adjutant general for the N.D. National Guard.

Duane Sand, N.D. Heroes Foundation founder and director, will serve as master of ceremonies for the ceremony.

The N.D. Heroes Foundation, which began dedicating these memorials in 2011, will conduct the ceremony in conjunction with the North Dakota Patriot Guard. These two organizations have partnered since 2015 to commemorate the service and sacrifice of North Dakota soldiers killed in Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom) and Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom).

“I am honored to help dedicate another Soldier’s Battle Cross memorial for another North Dakota Hero – Cpl. Nathan Goodiron,” said Sand. “And I am especially glad to bring this symbol of Nathan’s hero status to New Town, where his family and friends may be forever reminded of his bravery and sacrifice to come.”

The Good Iron dedication marks the sixth such Soldier Battlefield Cross memorial sponsored by North Dakota Heroes Foundation. Previous memorials dedicated in North Dakota include Carrington, Dickinson, Jamestown and Wahpeton. The Jamestown and Wahpeton memorial each have three separate plaques affixed to their bases to commemorate their fallen hometown heroes. The Good Iron dedication marks the 10th of 22 North Dakotans who have given their lives in the Global War on Terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The ceremony is open to everyone.

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