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Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Stephen McGowan, United States Army
by Cordeiro
Of fallen soldiers let us sing,
Where no rockets fly and no bullets wing.
Our broken brothers let us bring
To the Mansions of the Lord.

I found this article on this fallen soldier during my perusal of news sites this morning. While he is only one of some 1,600 of his brothers and sisters in arms who have given the last full measure of devotion to their country, one aspect of his story stood out to me:

In an interview with the Baltimore Sun, Stephen's father, Fran DiDomenicis said, "He felt that, as a single person with no children, he could go and take someone else's spot."
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. - John 15:13

Stephen McGowan was laid to rest in the hallowed hills of Arlington National Cemetery yesterday.

God Speed, Soldier. Welcome home.

My attempt at a trackback from the Mudville Gazette.
2 Comment(s):
I never knew Stephen McGowan, but his mother is my English teacher. I viewed the video he made and it brings me to tears each time I watch it. Because of that video I have a connection with him that can never be undone. 

Posted by S. Griffith
Check out this page, Stephen was a real special guy.
Cpl. Stephen McGowan lost his life on Friday 030405, while serving his country in Iraq. He was 26 years old and a graduate of St. Mark's & U of D. He was a medic with the regular Army and was killed by a roadside bomb. Stephen was a hero. He was due to come home on Good Friday. Stephen volunteered to take the place of one of his men who had a new baby at home. He also started a "Beanie Baby Project" for the Iraqi children "so that they would have good memories of the Americans."

Stephen came from a legacy of heroism. His uncle (his mother's brother) was a Colorado State Trooper, who was also killed in the line of duty.


Posted by J Hawkins
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