June 20, 2007 While serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom Staff Sgt. Stephen J Wilson was assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 13, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; He died while conducting combat operations in Saqlawiyah.
I will never forget the day that my parents called to tell m ethat you had been killed in Iraq. I was on my way to Alex's soccer game. I had to pull over and compose myself, because I didn't want to show up with how upset and shaken I was at Alex's game. I just kept telling my Dad, no I just talked to you on chat the other night. And you were coming home in 3 weeks. This was your third tour. You had just been home the previous July just before Grandpa passed away and it had been so great to hang out while you were home on leave even though it was for a sad and heart breaking reason.
You were fearless, you showed no fear for anything. That is one thing that everyone always said about you. The Marine Corp had honored you with the Bronze Star with Combat V. The most distinguishing device for Valor and the most respected and meaningful award across the Corp. You were loved and adored by many. Anyone that got the chance to know you always had such wonderful things to say about you.
When you decided to become a EOD Tech, one of the most dangerous jobs in the Corp...the job of keeping your fellow Marines and brother safe, your Mom and the rest of us were worried. But it was what you chose to do and you loved your job.
I always looked forward to the late night conversations. Because you were always some where on the otherside of the world. When I couldn't sleep or had things on my mind you were always there to listen and give advice. I miss that.
Alex talks of you often and says how proud he is to have gotten to be born on your birthday. We all miss you so much. Your Mom has had such a hard time with your passing. We have all been very worried about her.
After five years you are now laid to rest at Williamette National Cemetary in Oregon. Your brother Scotty said it was a beautiful service. Know that you are never ever forgotten for the sacrifice you made. You now sit along side both Grandma and Grandpa and watch down over us.
What a wonderful tribute to your cousin. We should all be very thankful for brave souls like him, who put their lives at risk so that we can feel safe and enjoy all our freedoms.
There is no words that can thank let alone express enough of those that go out there to fight for what we have. I was one, but yet I will always respect those that are still active. This was really touching,and I do thank you very much for sharing. As my respect grows, the strength the others have will always remain there and only get stronger.
May he rest in peace,and always always be remembered for what he has done for he will not be forgotten. Once again I Salute to a fallen Soldier that shall never be forgotten.
So sorry to hear of your loss. I pray and give thanks for those who are fighting for our beloved country.
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