LCpl Steven Prince Stevens II
Lance Cpl Steven P. Stevens II, 23, of Tallahassee, Fla., died June 22 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. Steven grew up in northwest Detroit, where he attended Cass Technical High School and went to Florida A&M on a swimming scholarship. After two years of college, he joined the Marines to serve his country. Steve enlisted in the Marine Corps on June 1, 2009. This was his first deployment to Afghanistan. His awards and decorations include, the Purple Heart Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan. Steve deployed to Afghanistan on March 21, one week before his son was born on March 29. Steven left college to serve his country and dreamed of being an engineer. On June 16 2014 Stevens was awarded the posthumous Bronze Star for heroism to a 23-year-old lance corporal from Detroit who died in combat in Afghanistan. Stevens displayed “uncommon courage and selflessness for his fellow Marines.” Stevens never met his son Kairo, who was born eight days after his father’s deployment. Mt. Hope Memorial Gardens in Livonia, Michigan
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