May we take these few moments to remember all of those that served here at Station 131, perhaps as many as five or six thousand in number. Together they did the many diverse jobs that were needed to make Station 131 an operational combat airbase. So today, on this plot of ground, generously given to the 398th Memorial Association by Baron Dimsdale's family, we must remember them all. This is the place that will remain, hopefully far into the future, as the home of the spirit of the 398th. We cannot go back to visit those places in the sky, so far and distant from here, that were our battlefields. This is the place we often struggled, sometimes failing, to return to after engaging in combat. This is our place for history, and we are thankful for it, and for all of those that will keep it as our 398th heritage."
Randy Stange, 398th member and son of 398th veteran Raymond P. Stange, took the above photograph in June 2002. If you would like to add information about this photo, please contact our 398th Photo Historian. The Photo Reference Number is PR07.