The Bruce Memorial

In memory of
Bruce G. Cogley
August 4, 1949, to February 20, 1992

and all the other Vietnam veterans whose battles continued beyond
the war and who made their own decision to end those battles.

Most of us can never know the horrors these men had seen, nor
can we ever feel the pain they felt. We saw their physical wounds
heal and assumed the emotional wound too, could heal.

Only those who have seen the horrors, and shared their pain can
understand and decide. The rest of us have no right to judge.

We can but only hope that they have found in their new place the
peace and purpose that eluded them here.

And for them, we must never forget or minimize their sacrifice, nor
take for granted the freedoms we have been given by the sacrifices
of all who have fought for this country.

Bruce was a devoted son, a caring brother, a loving husband, an
adoring father, a sincere friend, and a truly good man.

And if the dam breaks open many years to soon
And if there is no room upon the hill
And if your head explodes with dark forebodings too
I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon. *

Gary Cogley

*Roger Waters, Pink Floyd

TORI dedication

The Tori is the well-known symbol of the 187th Infantry Regiment.  Lt. Gary Cogley, a veteran of 82nd Airborne and twin brother of Bruce constructed the TORI in his backyard overlooking a ravine, with most of the supplies donated by local businesses and constructed by volunteers.
The TORI was dedicated on May 18, 2013, the same day Bruce was medevac'd off hill 937 in 1969.
Gary Cogley
The Bruce Memorial
The Bruce Memorial