CASCOM rededicates Seay Field
December 15, 2011
By Amy Perry
FORT LEE, Va. (Dec. 15, 2011) -- CASCOM memorialized a Medal of Honor logistician Monday during a parade field rededication ceremony near its headquarters.
Forty years ago, the parade field in front of Mifflin Hall - when it housed the Quartermaster School only - was dedicated to the memory of Sgt. William W. Seay, a transporter who was killed during an ambush in Vietnam on Aug. 25, 1968. Seay's actions that day earned him a Medal of Honor posthumously.
The new CASCOM headquarters was built on the former parade field. Demolition of the old Mifflin Hall made way for the new parade field that was rededicated Monday.
During the rededication ceremony, Maj. Gen. James L. Hodge, CASCOM and Fort Lee commanding general, said he was honored to be part of the event.
"Today, we gather to once again pay homage to Sergeant Seay and his supreme sacrifice and rededicate this new parade field in his name," said Hodge. "Sergeant Seay - 19 years old - was indeed taken from us too soon, but he leaves behind a legacy that remains inspirational to us today, serving as a shining example of heroism and courage for future generations to follow in his footsteps."
Reflecting on Seay's heroism reminded Hodge of a time when he was a first lieutenant at Fort Eustis in the Transportation Officer Basic Course.
"I discovered a plaque erected proudly in the halls of the Transportation School - inscribed with Sergeant Seay's Name and a brief description of his gallantry," said Hodge. "I was humbled by what I read. That story served to mold and remind me of my obligation to defend the inheritance that he had given unto me and inspired me to work each day to be worthy of his sacrifice."
Hodge said he was promoted to brigadier general at Seay Plaza on Fort Eustis which kept Seay's legacy fresh in his mind, and it was the same for others.
"A former chief of transportation shared with me, that to be inspired, he would often touch the plaque when he passed through Seay Plaza," said Hodge. "Indeed, Sergeant Seay has inspired many Soldiers - private through general - and by dedicating this field today, we allow his story to continue to inspire."
After the ceremony, the audience visited the viewing stand - where a plaque honoring Seay is located - and many touched the plaque for inspiration and to honor Seay's legacy.