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Fallen Soldier's Heartfelt Last Words To His Family (Marine)
The Daily Herald ^ | 11/11/2007 | Joseph E Stevenson III

Posted on 11/11/2007 10:42:02 AM PST by stylin19a

Before he left to train for a second tour of duty in Iraq, Marine Cpl. Joseph E. Stevenson III of Downers Grove wrote a letter to his family, in case he did not return.

Stevenson, 20, died in his sleep on Oct. 28 at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Stevenson was buried last week with full military honors. His parents, Barbara Ann and Joseph E. Stevenson Jr., have given the media permission to reprint their son's letter over the Veterans Day weekend.

Letter is kinda long, so go to the link

http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=75390

(Excerpt) Read more at dailyherald.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: fallen; heroes; letters; marine; oifveterans; semperfi; usmc; veteransday
Where do we get such men as these ?

Bring a box of tissue

1 posted on 11/11/2007 10:42:07 AM PST by stylin19a
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To: freema; RaceBannon

ping.....


2 posted on 11/11/2007 10:42:44 AM PST by stylin19a
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To: stylin19a

What a loss for this country. Prayers.


3 posted on 11/11/2007 10:46:31 AM PST by Dante3
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To: stylin19a

http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=75390


4 posted on 11/11/2007 10:51:17 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: stylin19a

Cpl Stevenson, we salute you, thank you for your service, rest in peace young man.


5 posted on 11/11/2007 10:51:43 AM PST by rockabyebaby (HEY JORGE, SHUT UP AND BUILD THE BLEEPING FENCE, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.)
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To: rockabyebaby

RIP.


6 posted on 11/11/2007 10:56:45 AM PST by Tennessean4Bush (An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds. A pessimist fears this is true.)
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To: stylin19a

What an unbelievably touching and heartfelt letter.

Does anyone have any further information about what happened to this young man? I have never heard of a 20 year old just dieing in his sleep.


7 posted on 11/11/2007 10:58:04 AM PST by theanonymouslurker
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Ignorant headline editor. Stevenson was a Marine not a soldier.


8 posted on 11/11/2007 10:59:03 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: stylin19a; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 68 grunt; A.A. Cunningham; ASOC; AirForceBrat23; ...

stylin’ says bring tissue


9 posted on 11/11/2007 11:04:08 AM PST by freema (Proud Marine Niece, Daughter, Wife, Friend, Sister, Aunt, Cousin, Mother, and FRiend)
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To: stylin19a
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/downersgrovesun/news/637053,6_1_NA08_DSSOLDIER_S1.article

Cpl. Joseph E. Stevenson III of Downers Grove always dreamed of becoming a Marine. On Oct. 28, the 20-year-old died as a Marine.

"He did everything he could to get there (the Marines)," said his older sister, Lindsey Stevenson, at his funeral Nov. 5. "And we're so proud of him because he did it." St. Joseph School fifth-graders Alec Lamour, 10, left, Angelica Naber, 10, and Charlie Ulch, 11, stand at attention as the funeral procession for Marine Cpl. Joseph E. Stevenson passes by their school. (Kate Szrom/Staff photographer) Joseph Stevenson, pictured in his 2005 high school yearbook, always wanted to be a Marine, his sister recalled. Courtesy of Downers Grove North High School

Stevenson was stationed in Camp Pendleton, Calif., where he was undergoing reconnaissance training. The cause of death is pending results of an autopsy, officials said.

About 200 people attended the funeral service at St. Joseph Parish in Downers Grove, including his parents, Joseph E. Stevenson Jr. and Barbara Ann Stamper-Stevenson, who is a math teacher at Lisle Senior High School.

Stevenson had entered active duty in August 2005, serving one tour of duty in Iraq.

Lindsey said that when her brother was a child, he feared something bad would happen to him. When he wasn't completely reassured by his mother's advice to run to the neighbors' home if someone broke into the house, he was told by her that she would die before letting anything bad happen to him.

"One day it went from us protecting Joe to Joe protecting us," Lindsey said.

His family said he lived by the Marine Corps motto, "Semper fidelis," which is Latin for "always faithful."

Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn attended the funeral, at which Stevenson was given full military honors, and said the Marine embodied the Latin phrase for his faithfulness to his country, the Marine Corps, his family and God.

"We have to bury a hero today," Quinn said.

Stevenson attended school at Belle Aire Elementary, Herrick Middle School and Downers Grove North High School.
According to a statement from the Stevenson family, he was a coach for three years for the Orchard Brook swim team and a member of the Downers Grove swim team for three years. He enjoyed mountain biking, kayaking, boogie boarding, running and fishing, and did a "mean" Forrest Gump imitation.

Stevenson is survived by his parents and sister and by his grandmothers, Dorothy L. Stevenson and Mafalda Stamper of Kankakee.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Joseph Stevenson and John W. Stamper.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Fisher House Foundation, 1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 600, Rockville, MD 20852; or Operation Support Our Troops Illinois, 1807 S. Washington St., Suite 110, No. 359, Naperville, IL 60565. Contact Eva McKendrick at emckendrick@scn1.com or 630-416-5103.

10 posted on 11/11/2007 11:09:21 AM PST by radar101 (Duncan Hunter-The only possibility)
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To: stylin19a
Here's a clip regarding his life and death from the local newspaper:

Joseph E. Stevenson, III

Rest in peace, sir! Semper Fi!

11 posted on 11/11/2007 11:10:50 AM PST by yorkie
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To: radar101

good job...thanks for filling in the blanks


12 posted on 11/11/2007 11:10:52 AM PST by stylin19a
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To: yorkie

thanks....


13 posted on 11/11/2007 11:12:28 AM PST by stylin19a
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To: stylin19a

Sad ping


14 posted on 11/11/2007 11:17:20 AM PST by paulat (I'd rather spend my vote on someone who CAN ACTUALLY BE ELECTED)
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To: stylin19a

So tall and skinny, could it have been Marfan’s Syndrome?

Often the only noticeable symptom is when the aorta explodes, causing instant death.


15 posted on 11/11/2007 11:18:50 AM PST by sinanju
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To: yorkie

Sorry - didn’t mean to repeat.


16 posted on 11/11/2007 11:24:39 AM PST by yorkie
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To: stylin19a
This brought tears to an old Vets eyes.
I salute another great son!!!!
17 posted on 11/11/2007 11:40:19 AM PST by oldenuff2no (My dad ldft for Europe in)
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To: stylin19a

We should be a grateful nation.


18 posted on 11/11/2007 12:33:44 PM PST by trimom
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To: stylin19a
Semper fi.

Carry on.............

19 posted on 11/11/2007 1:25:19 PM PST by gandalftb (Ruthless action may be only clarity...quickly, awake (Capt. Willard, Apocalypse Now))
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To: stylin19a

Beautiful young man. What a great loss to our country. That family did a wonderful job raising him.

He died in his sleep at Camp Pendleton? How? Heart attack? It’s just not fair.


20 posted on 11/11/2007 1:29:38 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: Tribune7

ping. This letter ought to run in every newspaper in America.


21 posted on 11/11/2007 1:40:05 PM PST by Temple Owl (Excelsior! Onward and upward.)
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To: A.A. Cunningham
Ignorant headline editor. Stevenson was a Marine not a soldier.

Yes,he was.But we still get the point...which is that,thankfully,there are many kids who have served,and are serving,bravely and selflessly in the Army,Navy,Air Force *and* Marines and who could easily have written the very same letter as did Corporal Stevenson.

On the Veterans' Day (and on every other day) I think we all understand this.

22 posted on 11/11/2007 2:22:29 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Wanna see how bad it can get? Elect Hillary and find out.)
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To: stylin19a

I think Ben Stein said recently that 90% of the worlds backbone comes form US servicemen ans women. God rest this young heros soul.


23 posted on 11/11/2007 3:34:01 PM PST by RocketJsqurl
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To: stylin19a

Without men and women such as this young Marine, our country would never have been. I am so grateful for them.


24 posted on 11/11/2007 3:40:01 PM PST by EverOnward
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To: stylin19a

May the lord see fit to take my life as he has this young warrior, in defense of this country.


25 posted on 11/11/2007 10:30:30 PM PST by Ajnin (Neca Eos Omnes. Deus Suos Agnoset.)
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To: stylin19a

Semper Fi, Marine, and may God welcome you into your well-deserved rest.


26 posted on 11/12/2007 12:13:41 AM PST by Spacetrucker (tick tock, tick tock - it's the Dinosaur Media Death Clock!!)
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To: stylin19a

DAMN men and women leaving a comfortable life in this the freest, SAFEST and most comfortabLe life On earth to face guns ammo rpg’s and ied’s for US...I.E.

people THEY DONT’ EVEN KNOW...!!!!

DOES IT GET ANY BETTER THAN THAT?

GOD BLESS THEM EVERY ONE!!!

signed,

a GRATEFUL citizen...

AUU RAH!


27 posted on 11/12/2007 3:40:10 PM PST by flat
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To: stylin19a
He may not have made it to the battle, but he's a hero proved in my book.

Semper Fi and rest in peace, Corporal.

28 posted on 11/12/2007 11:10:01 PM PST by Mr. Silverback (Support Scouting: Raising boys to be strong men and politically incorrect at the same time.)
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To: Mr. Silverback

He may not have made it to this battle, but he had already served one tour in Iraq.

Hero....u bet.


29 posted on 11/12/2007 11:12:29 PM PST by stylin19a
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To: stylin19a; freema

BTW, I have to note how proud I am that this young man was from right here in the Land of Lincoln.


30 posted on 11/12/2007 11:14:36 PM PST by Mr. Silverback (Support Scouting: Raising boys to be strong men and politically incorrect at the same time.)
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