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Jul 19, 2013 3:04 PM by Matt Terhune

Camp Alamo Bell Detoured for Repair at Del Mar College

CORPUS CHRISTI - A bell from Camp Alamo in Afghanistan is headed to The Alamo in San Antonio, but not before making a stop at Del Mar College.

The bell was dedicated to Army Camp Alamo in Kabul, Afghanistan back in 2011. It was sent out to the camp ten years after the September 11th attacks.

It was placed in Camp Alamo's 9-11 Square to honor the men and women who have perished in the global war on terrorism.

Inscribed on the sides of the bell are the numbers of New York police officers and firefighters who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

It also has engraved "9-11 We Will Remember" and "We Will Not Falter".

The bell is attached to a steel frame made from the wreckage of the World Trade Center.

Former Del Mar College student, Major Philip Kost says, "Camp Alamo itself originated as Camp Alamo in 2003 by a Texas National Guard unit. Then in 2013, another Texas National Guard unit, it was our responsibility to transfer the base to the Afghans as part of the troop withdrawal."

Of course being a native Texan, Major Philip Kost thought the bell should come back to Texas, "And so as we were discussing the possible options, we decided to go and shoot big on the first round and said, well we're at Camp Alamo let's see if The Alamo wants it. They said yes, so that's where we're headed next."

So how did it get to Del Mar College?

Major Kost says, "In transit, the mounting arm was broken so I was needing someone to repair it. My father's retired from Del Mar and he said, well bring it by and I'll see if the guys over at the welding shop can do it."

Kost says the welding students and faculty who worked on it were very nervous because of the bell's significance.

They did a great job fixing the arm it, and now it's headed to The Alamo in San Antonio.

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