The Wreath – Symbolic of the achievements and laurels gained in minimizing accident potentials, through the ingenuity and devotion to duty of its members. It is in memory of those EOD personnel who gave their lives while performing EOD duties.
The Bomb – Copied from the design of the World War II Bomb Disposal Badge, the bomb represents the historic and major objective of the EOD attack, the unexploded bomb. The three fins represent the major areas of nuclear, conventional, and chemical/biological interest.
Lightning Bolts – Symbolize the potential destructive power of the bomb and the courage and professionalism of EOD personnel in their endeavors to reduce hazards as well as to render explosive ordnance harmless.
The Shield – Represents the EOD mission – prevent a detonation and protect the surrounding area and property to the utmost.
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“…The EOD program was developed by the British during WWII after suffering terrible casualties from German time delay bombs dropped on England. The first EOD techs had no publications or training to go off of and it was a difficult system of trial and error that cost many of the first techs their lives. Today we wage a similar battle against insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan. No IED is the same and we have to continually evolve our training in order to survive. Since 1942, when the first US EOD tech was killed until today May 13, 2009), we have lost 242 techs in the line of duty. 51 of those killed were Marines and 22 of those have taken place since 2001 and the start of the Global War on Terrorism. “
“The EOD community is a family and Tony was a special member of that family. Any time a tech is killed it affects us all whether or not you knew that person. I wish that I would have had the chance to know him better, but I will remember Tony until the day that I die. You can see that Tony has left an indelible impression on his friends and he will live on in my and their hearts forever. Tony was buried in Mount Carmel Ohio on Saturday the 9th (of May) and when his body was transported from the airport to the funeral home, every street was lined with members of his town. This goes to show the impact that Tony had on those around him. My heart goes out to his parents and his loved ones and no one can fill the void that Tony has left behind.”
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jeremiah T. Hamric
TQ EOD Company Commander
May 13, 2009