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Man memorized 2,200 fallen soldier names

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A man with a unique skill paid tribute the nation's fallen heroes Thursday in downtown Fort Worth.

Ron White is a world-renowned memory expert and a former Navy intelligence specialist. He used his ability to honor all the service members killed in Afghanistan.

He memorized the names and ranks of the 2,200 fallen soldiers. As part of what he's calling Operation Enduring Memory, he started writing out those names at Burnett Plaza at 7:30 a.m.

"I just wanted to acknowledge Petty Officer Third Class Matthew O'Brien was an individual person. Bruno Del Sol was an individual person," he said.

White said it took him about 10 months to retain the names, but he wanted to get the message across to family members that the soldiers are literally not forgotten.

"I just want them to grasp the fact that the sacrifice for our country is significant and I'm glad people are coming out here acknowledging that," he said.

Marion Buckner acknowledged the extraordinary feat. Her grandson, Private First Class Austin Staggs was killed in November 2010. She had one word to describe her feelings.

"Respect... that he respects these boys enough to take his time to do this," she said.

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