BY LEANN DILBECK –
This Sunday, ten years following his death, fellow soldiers of SFC Troy L. Miranda will ride in memory of their fallen brother who was killed in action, May 20, 2004.
Miranda, a member of the local Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment, 39th Brigade Combat Team of the Arkansas National Guard assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division, was leading his squad through one of the most treacherous areas of Baghdad, known as “Purple Heart Alley” near Talia Square, a sight of tremendous bloodshed, to assist another unit that was “pinned down.” Miranda’s life was cut short at just 44 years when his unit was ambushed as they approached on the flank to assist their fellow soldiers.
The event is named lovingly after Miranda whose nickname was “The Beagle.” When he wasn’t deployed, Miranda served as a member of Drug Task Force in Little Rock and had earned the nickname for his ability to “sniff-out” and assess situations.
His loss was taken very hard by fellow soldiers as he was held in extremely high-regard by all that he commanded. He has been described by his military family as a strong man of few words but a “silent professional.”
In 2010, Beagle Run evolved from 15 or so from the squad that all rode motorcycles and wanted to bring awareness to the ultimate sacrifice paid by a fallen soldier. Many of those same men found themselves preparing to deploy in 2011 and were unable to organize the event in 2011 but it returned with a strong mission in 2012.
Everyone is welcome to participate: motorcycles, cars, trucks, etc. Registration is set at 10 a.m. at the Polk County Courthouse. The ride will leave at 10:30 a.m. sharp after a moment of silence for the fallen.
The event will end at the Troy L. Miranda Monument in the DeQueen City Park where lunch will be served.