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Fort Bragg's iconic statue moving to Fayetteville

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Fort Bragg's original iconic paratrooper statue is moving to its new home in front of a nearby military museum.

The 3,000-pound statue will be moved early Monday morning in front of the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville. Officials said they want the statue, affectionately called Iron Mike, in place for the 70th anniversary of the Army Parachute Test Platoon's first official jump.

The statue was commissioned in the 1950s and dedicated in September 1961. It stood 15 feet tall and cost slightly more than $4,000.

A new $250,000 bronze Iron Mike statue replaced the original in September 2005.

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