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Operation Enduring Memory

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A Fort Worth memory expert honors fallen servicemen and women by memorizing the name and rank of those killed in Afghanistan.

Ron White memorized all 2,200 servicemen and women killed in Operation Enduring Freedom. On Thursday, he will write each and every one on a huge dry erase board in Burnett Plaza in Fort Worth.

"It's going to look like the Vietnam wall memorial," White said, "and the message that I'm trying to convey is that you're not forgotten."

White said it took him 10 months to memorize all the names. He practiced every day with several white boards. He said the hardest part is spelling the names. If he just had to say each name, he says it would be a "piece of cake."

As a world renowned memory expert, White had a complex explanation for how he committed each name to memory. First he memorized a map of downtown Fort Worth, then envisioned himself walking around the city, meeting each person along the way. He memorized each name and each person on a specific spot.

White said he's received positive reactions to his undertaking, especially from family members of those killed in action.

"One of the women who's brother was in the book, she said, you're keeping my brother's memory alive," White said. "And that's kind of what I feel like I'm doing - keeping their memory alive."

At the end of the wall, White plans to add one more name - Chris Kyle, the sniper murdered along with his friend at a gun range in Erath County. White attended the slain sniper's funeral, and was moved by how many lives he saved with his service.

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