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It’s a memorable tribute to the fallen.
Ron White, a Texas man with an extraordinary talent, has memorized the names of more than 2,200 American service members killed in Afghanistan since the conflict began more than 11 years ago.
And to pay quiet homage to them, he’s embarking on a U.S. tour to write their names on a 50-foot-long dry-erase-board during each stop.
He debuted the amazing feat at Fort Worth’s Burnett Park last week, captivating onlookers as he listed the dead by chronological order on dry-erase panels imitating the Vietnam Wall.
“I’m choked by the reaction of it all,” White, 39, told the Daily News on Sunday.
“I had the park reserved for two days, and I was mentally, emotionally and physically drained. Then I went to take down the wall on Thursday night,” he continued. “I had no idea people were coming back and were putting flowers there.”
White, a former Navy intelligence specialist who toured Afghanistan in 2007, has made a name for himself as a so-called brain athlete and memory champion. He’s appeared on national TV and holds seminars on memory building.
Appearing on a 2010 episode of the History Channel’s “Stan Lee’s Superhumans,” White was shown memorizing the names of 50 runners and repeating them as they crossed the finish line.
But remembering 2,200 service members was a more daunting task and took White about 10 months to master.
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