The front face of the pedestal is inscribed simply with the soldier's surname in gold inlay. The parade field where the monument is installed was dedicated at the same time as the Meadows Memorial Parade Field with a bronze plaque. The plaque sits several feet away from the statue and is inscribed with a history of Meadows' service and the honors he received.
Image of plaque
Plaque: MEADOWS MEMORIAL PARADE FIELD / IN MEMORY OF / MAJOR RICHARD J. MEADOWS / 16 JUNE 1931 - 29 JULY 1995 / DURING HIS LONG AND ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER, MAJOR MEADOWS EMBODIED ALL OF / THOSE QUALITIES THAT MARK THE UNIQUE INDIVIDUALS SERVING IN SPECIAL / OPERATIONS FORCES. MAJOR MEADOWS' EXTRAORDINARY ACHIEVEMENTS / THROUGHOUT HIS DEDICATED SERVICE WITH ARMY SPECIAL FORCES AND RANGER UNITS / CONTRIBUTED TO OUR NATION'S SECURITY FOR NEARLY FOUR DECADES. HIS SERVICE INCLUDED: COMBAT ACTION IN THE KOREAN WAR, CLANDESTINE OPERATIONS IN LAOS, / EXCHANGE DUTY AND TROOP COMMAND WITH THE BRITISH 22ND SPECIAL AIR SERVICE / EXTENSIVE OPERATIONS BEHIND ENEMY LINES DURING THE VIETNAM WAR, GROUND / ASSAULT COMMANDER DURING THE SON TAY RAID, RANGER TRAINING INSTRUCTOR, / COVERT OPERATOR IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION EAGLE CLAW IN IRAN, AND AS A KEY / MEMBER OF ELITE SPECIAL MISSION UNITS. FEW SOLDIERS HAVE BEEN AS WILLING TO / PUT THEMSELVES IN HARM'S WAY FOR THEIR FELLOW COUNTRYMEN. MAJOR MEADOWS / REPEATEDLY ANSWERED OUR COUNTRY'S CALL AND ALWAYS TOOK ON THE MOST / SENSITIVE ASSIGNMENTS. FOR HIS EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE TO THE NATION, MAJOR / MEADOWS WAS AWARDED THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS, SILVER STAR (1 OLC), / LEGION OF MERIT, BRONZE STAR FOR VALOR, MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL, AIR MEDAL, / JOINT SERVICE COMMENDATION MEDAL, ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL (2 OLC), AND / THE PRESIDENTIAL CITIZEN'S MEDAL FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE. / THIS STATUE AND ADJACENT PARADE FIELD WERE DEDICATED IN MAJOR MEADOWS' / MEMORY ON 6 JUNE 1997.
He continued to serve as an advisor following his retirement, notably serving as an operative in Tehran during the Iran Hostage Crisis in 1980, and as a consultant to efforts to curtail illegal drug trafficking. In the 1980 rescue attempt in Tehran, Meadows went under cover in Tehran as an Irish businessman to provide information to the military rescue mission.
He was distinguished in both military and civilian service with numerous honors and awards including the Distinguished Service Cross, a Bronze Star Medal, and he was awarded the Presidential Citizen's Medal for Distinguished Service by then President Bill Clinton. Meadows died in 1995 at the age of 64 and is buried in Florida.
Perot originally meet Meadows when the Joint Chiefs of Staff requested that he visit and thank the soldiers involved in the Son Tay Raid in Vietnam.
Meadows' grandson posed in combat gear for the sculptor in order to provide authenticity to the depiction. Retired Command Sgt. Major Joseph Lupyak, who participated in the Son Tay raid with Meadows, remarked that the statue was an exact likeness. Every year the Dick Meadows Award, a statuette reproduction of the monument, is awarded to an outstanding special operations soldier.
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