Apr 21, 2016 2:47 PM

Monument honoring WWII unit installed at NH Veterans Cemetery

The Associated Press

BOSCAWEN (AP) — The New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery has a new monument honoring an elite unit that served in World War II.

Director Mike Horn tells New Hampshire Public Radio that Bristol veteran Harold Sheffield proposed and raised funds for a monument honoring the Marine Raiders.

The U.S. Marine Raider Association & Foundation says nearly 900 raiders were killed in action during the war before the military folded the four Raider battalions back into regular Marine combat divisions.

The 95-year-old Sheffield, a former Raider, asked for a monument after he says he noticed that one didn't exist at the Boscawen cemetery for the unit.

The black monument stone was installed in December. Dozens of veterans, New Hampshire National Guard officials, Gov. Maggie Hassan and others gathered there Saturday for a formal dedication.

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