Breaux Bridge has a long, rich and proud military heritage. It has given generously to our nation of its men and women, many of whom were decorated for bravery, some achieved positions of great responsibility and unfortunately, many gave their lives in the service of our country.
That selfless and generous contribution to our nation's defense continued when on 28 December 1959, by authority of the Secretary of the Army and with the consent of the Governor of Louisiana, three Army National Guard Special Forces detachments were activated in the cities of Baton Rouge, Breaux Bridge and New Orleans.
By the above authority, a select group of highly skilled and motivated veterans from the Breaux Bridge area became part of the U.S. Army's Elite Forces (Green Berets). From this initial cadre of officers and men, and by means of careful selection and rigorous training, there was created a small but highly capable force qualified for the conduct of warfare by unconventional means and methods. While training in several domestic and foreign areas, this detachment, a component of the 20th Special Forces Group (ABN), proudly proclaimed Breaux Bridge
This monument is dedicated to the brave men who have, are now and will be in the future serve as members of the U.S. Special Operations Command, the mission of which is to provide fully capable Special Operations Forces to defend the United States and its interests and to synchronize planning of the global operations against terrorist networks.
The U.S. Army Special Operations Command
The U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command
The U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command
Location. 30° 16.444′ N, 91° 54.087′ W. Marker is in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, in St. Martin Parish. Memorial is on Berard Street/Main Highway (State Highway 31) north of Courthouse Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 222 Berard Street, Breaux Bridge LA 70517, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Scholastique Picou Breaux (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Bernard's Catholic Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Most Rev. Jules B. Jeanmard, D.D. (about 400 feet away); Breaux Bridge/Pont-Breaux (about 500 feet away); Pont Breaux, Louisiane (about 700 feet away); Birthplace of Bishop Jules Jeanmard/Lieu de Naissance de L'Évêque Jules Jeanmard (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Bridge of 1852 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Legend of Bayou Teche/La Legendè Du Bayou Teche (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Breaux Bridge.
More about this marker. Located in the Breaux Bridge Veterans Park
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 22, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 22, 2019.