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The (New) Bedford Boys

    "It's important to do the best we can for the guys to our left and right .  It's almost as important to be able to go home at the end of this (deployment) and be able to look at the people in the community and say, 'Yes, your boys did good work.'" - Sergeant Michael Walker, Team Leader - Company C, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment - the Bedford Boys (2005)

The Boys from Bedford, Virginia, paid a very high price in WWII.  On June 6th, 1944, during the invasion of Normandy, Bedford lost more men per capita than any other town in the United States.

The Bedford Boys Then

John Cole of Balloon Juice wrote an excellent post for MilBlogger D-Day 60th Anniversary Rememberance - The Boys of Bedford, VA.  Be sure to check it out - it's excellent.

The Latest Generation of Bedford Boys

Now, Bedford has sent the same unit that led the charge into Normandy on D-Day to Afghanistan to fight the War on Terror.

Bedford Boys

By Sgt. Jennifer S. Emmons
17th Public Affairs Detachment

GHAZNI PROVINCIAL RECONSRUCTION TEAM, Afghanistan (4/11/2005) — The Army is rich in history and tradition -- Soldiers of today look at those who served before them with pride and respect.

The Soldiers of the unit known as the "Bedford Boys" know that they have much to live up to.

Company C, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, is serving in Operation Enduring Freedom. The company is comprised mostly of Soldiers from Bedford, Va...

The rest of the article talks about the history and current members of Charlie Company.