The city of Manchester had not mourned for the lost of one of their own to combat since the Vietnam War, but that all changed on January 28, 2006. Army Cpl. Brian J. (BJ) Schoff, 22, of Manchester died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Gold Star Post 78 was honored to present a bust of Cpl Schoff to the City of Manchester. The lost to his family and this community will always be a void too great to fill.