Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Staff Sgt. Stevon A. Booker


34, of Apollo, Pennsylvania.
Killed by enemy fire in Iraq during a raid into Baghdad. He was assigned to A Company, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Died on April 5, 2003.

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"THOSE HEROES, WHO DARE TO DIE, DOES SO TO LEAVE THEIR CHILDREN FREE.

Staff Sgt. Stevon A. Booker, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY..."
JOHN J GARZI of STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK

"From an old Tanker, God speed Ssg Booker. I will see at the Green. 1st Team!"
Kirk V. Sledge SGM (Ret.) of Tuscaloosa AL.

"Today i was moving and found a picture, i had to stop and shed a few tears, it was a picture of a group of kids from a little school in the middle of no where called Horrell Elementary, in that picture was me , steve, and a kid we called long legged lenny, who was the fastest kid i ever knew, even though over the years we lost touch i will always remember those days and a friend i knew as Stevie Booker"
Bobby Crutchman of Avonmore Pa

"I remember the day I found out Booker had been killed. I was in the heat of battle in Iraq and came across a copy of the Army Times. I only saw the name I thought to myself that canít be my friend, a month later I got a new copy of the report and saw is face. I was crushed and then I knew that the war was real. SSG Booker and I was station at 3 duty stations together, I will never forget him.
1SG Bell"
1SG Bell, Anthony

"To my cuz, I miss you dearly bro. You always had my respect and I still think about all the dumb stuff we did as kids. Their are so many things I would love to tell you, but they will have to wait.. you don't know that in 2007 a building was dedicated to you at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, but I know you wouldn't care. lol.

I miss you cuz. You will never be forgotten."
Len Jackson of Arlington, VA

"I can remember all the good times that we had while serving in the 3/3 ACR... you were like a brother to me,You will always be remembered!"
Clifford Radney JR of Gadsden, Alabama

"SSG Booker,
When I arrived at 1-64 Armor in June of 2002 the whole unit was in the field and for some reason you were in the rear. I remember you helped me find my way when I was walking around like only a private could. I never forget that you took care of me when you did not have to. I remember when you passed they called it over the radio that you had been hit. The silence that came over the net was terrible. Here at Fort Benning they have dedicated a Range in your honor that all Armor Soldiers will use. I hope when they get to that range they understand the sacrifice that was made and never forget this it is not just Booker Range but It was named after a well deserved Hero, one of the few I know. Rest in Peace my friend."
SFC Barboa, James of Fort Benning, GA

"They should have given you the Congressional Medal of Honor!"
Frank Barkowski, LAPD Det Retired of Carlsad, CA

"Well done my good, and Faithful servant
God Bless You and Americia"
ECrowe of Indianapolis, IN

"S/Sgt. Booker,
I was watching a documentary on the Military Channel a few week weeks ago about the Thunder Run in Baghdad and it mentioned you and how you were killed in action. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just in OIF but also in Desert Storm and Bosnia as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. After reading all the messages left here for you all I can say is that I wish that I had had the honor of serving with you when I was in the Military because you sound like one hell of a good guy and NCO."
Mike C. of El Paso, Texas

"I remember him making me laugh in Fort Carson. My friend your not forgotten I thought about you especially on D day. I hope to see you again!"
Terry Raynor SFC USA Reired of Orlando, FL

"SSG Booker... nothing anyone could say would ever balance out the libra scale against the sacrifice you made for our country. i was only a child when 64th spearheaded that msr into Baghdad. ive read the tunderrun, ive seen the hours and hours of "dashcam" footage from our Abrams my dad brought home. you brave few were wiling to give all.

my father served alongside you, and thought you were THE cut above all the rest. he sits, and drinks, and sits, and drinks because he cant get to sleep without seeing you in your last moments... My dad is my hero, the most INTELligent HUMAN That i know, professional, and has gave more than any human should have to bear witness to. Last night, i asked him half out of consiousness if he needed to talk, or get anything off his chest...

he utterd about 3 or so sentences...
describing the moments of your most noble sacrifice in horiffic detail.. barley able to speak through the sobs...
the pain he bears for what you gave is his heaviest burden i have seen a man carry....

cried and consoled him... it was the first time he had told anyone his pain like that... i bawled my eyes out for hours with him... knowing that the fraction of understanding i have now for the price you paid, isnt a grain of sand on the beach... i cant get it out of my head...

YOU MUST HAVE BEEN ONE HELL OF A HUMAN BEING FOR MY FATHER TO HAVE YOUR BROTHERHOOD HAUNTING HIS WAKING LIFE. AND FOR THAT I THANK YOU, FROM THE DEPTHS OF MY HEART AND SOUL. YOUR NAME AND SELFLESS SERVICE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. YOURS IS A STORY I WILL TELL MY KIDS WHEN THEY ASK ABOUT WAR "THIS IS WHY WE FIGHT"

your name is one i will never forget. your story will always be honored in Americas long list of men who gave it all, and then some.

i hope you have internet in heaven so you at least know how much my father cares about you and your families loss


"we pierce"


and to Steve walker... if you ever end up reading this. i hope your doing well
ill never forget your stories you told me as a kid, of testing gate security with turbans and drivers license with "osama bin laden" as the name. :)

much love and thanks SSG book, i hope to meet you in heaven when its my time, so i can shake your hand"
if i told you i would have to kill you ;) of San Antonio, TX

"Will never forget you Brother..RIP.."
1SG Garrett of Ft Stewart Ga

"SSG Booker was a mentor and very hard on me but it made me a better solider for it. I miss him still , Desert Rouge's"
Ben "UMIC' Watford of Jacksonville fl

"I served with Stevon in 2/64 AR. I was a lieutenant in D co., SSG Booker was in A co, but I remember him always being upbeat and optimistic. God bless him and his service to his country. Roll the Rogue!"
Paul Hook of Mill City, Oregon

"Brave Rifles my friend."
Heather Shugars

""Book" you were the best friend I had. Marge and I miss you and think about you everyday. I stopped by your memorial at Fort Stewart and thanked God for having you in my life. I will never forget you and your family. I love you,

Debo"
Todd M. Shepherd of San Antonio, Texas

"Sarg,

I will never forget that day, driving that M1A1 for you sarg was the best thing that ever happend to me.I know I wasn't the most perfect soilder in the world, but you made me believe in myself like nobody else. You made me believe that I was the best tank driver in the whole ARMY. You knew how to get me to listen use my instincts learn all the jobs on that tank parts inside and out. I think of you alot and I know sgt Gibby and pvt gillam that's what you called em! You sure did make us laugh all the time,and you always knew when. And how to get my attention! I'll never forget what those red, white, and blue strips mean! I did finally get a boat and I'm licensed but it's not a shrimp boat I work in the oil fields now driving 98tons of cold hard steel! (They don't have civillian tank drivers so this will do) . You showed the most bravery and courage I had ever seen in one man! You were a mentor a friend and you will forever be my HERO!"
Captain Aaron J. Hofer of Coden,AL. Gulfofmexico

"I had the pleasure of meeting you and becoming friends on camp New York Kabal, Kuwait in 2003. I remember meeting you at our MWR tent where we played dominoes and cards while awaiting to prepare to defeat Iraqis and their leader, Saddam Hussein. You were always poise, confident, friendly, and respectable. I will always remember you, your dedication to our division, 3rd ID, your courage, leadership, and teamwork as one of the BEST ROAD DOGS the "Rock of the Marne" bred. You are named as a fallen soldier, but will always remain as a 3rd Infantry Division FIGHTER. May your soul rest in peace. "Maintain the Line"...."Heart of the Rock"...."Charge!!!!""
India M. Jackson, Former Main Support Battalion, DISCOM/5th Brigade, 3rd ID Soldier of Virginia Beach, Va USA

"May you rest in peace my Brother. Although we never met we will always be Brothers of 2/64. God Bless you family. Your sacrifice will live on in our freedom."
Reverend Phil Meekins Sr. of Elkton, Md.

"well Book its 2011 and i just learn of your death. we 1st meet back in 1987 Aco 1/81 Ar. basic training. then we serviced together in Aco 2/64 Ar. u have been and always will be my Friend and Brother in Arms."
Tim Wilhite of hopemills NC

"Rest IN Peace, thank you for giving the ultimate sacrifice!"
Mrs. J Kelly of Fort Bragg, NC

"To the family and friends of SSG Booker, I served with him in 2-64 Armor in Schweinfurt Germany. I was the medic assigned to Dco and HHC. He was a fun loving young soldier when I first met him. It was there from April 1992 to April 1995. He love clowning and shooting hoops!!!!! God Bless my 3ID brother. Rogue the Rogue."
SFC(RET) Robert Davis of Joliet, IL

"I will never forget you. I am proud to have known you. You are a hero to me and everyone in our small town of Apollo. We will never forget you!"
George Smith of Chambersburg, Pa. USA

"SSG Booker was my bestfriend and my heart! He taught me sooo many things when I was a new soldier, including how to be open minded. Even to this day, I am hurting inside for losing him! I will never forget that day because I was hurt and in the hospital overseas and was told I would not make it but the day I got out the hospital was the day it happened..I feel as if he gave his life not only for the country but for me! I love you, Book! Always, forever, and a day@"
Tiko of Chicago, IL

"SSG Booker, you and SSG Thompson were the first ones I met in our company and I received my "Tank Driver's License" from ya. I still think of you on a regular basis. I will never forget that moment in the war or the memorial the day after. It is hard for me to hear a roll call and not well up. Thank you again brother, God bless you and your family. Black 5 D Spc Swihart"
Chris Swihart of Jacksonville, Fl

"SSG Booker,
The days pass and I still miss my boy. You were a great friend. I miss the days of just playing video games and clowning around. Life was so different back then in I troop 3/3. You gave me great advise when i needed it. You also told me were to go to when i deserved it. Man I miss you bro. God bless you and your family."
Sgt. Miguel Colon (HPD) of Hartford, CT

"To all who have meet you, you have always been known to be a true professional who knows when to be serious and when to cut loose. You are one hell of a soldier and tanker with a cockyness that makes you larger than life. You never failed to give a helping hand or even give some of your, even though was not always asked for, advice. You speak and act with confidence and that makes all around you better. As a tanker I can only admire your talents which were proven many times during rotations in Graf and Hohenfels. As a member of the Animal family (A/2-64) I am proud to say I worked and served with you and someday I can only hope to be that man that you have proven to be. God bless you and your family. Roll the Rogue! This is Animal White 4, over!"
1SG (ret) Bobby D. Jones of Rickman, Tennessee

"Book...I also remember the memories when we served together in Korea, Camp Gary Owen 4/7 Cav. I worked in the motorpool/supply and Book would come to my room and talk to me and even offered me to go down range with him which I did. I had a great time with this brother and I hate to hear such a bad thing happened to a good person."
J Ron Carreker of Richmond,Va (Retired)

"Stevon Booker was a great man. And a brave one to fight tor our freedom God Bless You Stevon"
Brandon King of apollo pa

"WAS BOOKER A DRILL SGT IN FT KNOX DURING 99 DELTA COMPANY PLS ADVISE...."
SYED SHAH of HOUSTON,TX

"TO THE FAMILY OF SSGT BOOKER HIS LEGACY WILL LIVE FOREVER. I SERVED IN ACO 2/64 WITH HIM THE THING I WILL REMEMBER IS HIS FRIENSHIP HE WAS AN OUTSTANDING NCO. ROLL THE ROUGE 2/64 4EVER"
SGT JOSEPH MORRIS of SHREVEPORT LA

"today is a hard day we went out a put your wreath out agian this year as we do every year we love and miss you book i pray to oneday see that bright smile of yours once agian nothing can ever take this pain away your friends"
sgt nelson and jodie melendez of ocala,from fort stewart ga

"to our dear friend booker we love and miss you so much we spent so many times of love and laughter together we still have a hard time dealing with you not being here anymore you are still loved and missed by so many the only reason skunk went to iraq was for revenge for what had happend to you but it did not help his heart and soul can never get over your loss every year we put out a wreath for you so that everyone can see what a great and loving man we lost i would do anything to have you back to see your smile light up the room agian we love and miss you always to your family we are truly sorry and send our love and all our best to you"
SGT.Nelson Melendez and Jodie Melendez of ocala,fl from fort stewart ga

"Hello, Book...here i am again Pooh Bear...in a couple of days it will be 5 years you have been taken away from us....Your always in my heart and mind every day....I love you for ever..."
pooh bear of iraq

"god bless stevon booker
we luv nd miss you
may you rest in peace.
we luv you"
Samantha Henry of Leechburg, Pa

"Book....I have read each message written and agree with all of them,you will be remembered and missed....the day you came all that would run through my mind is no it cant be and questioned why...i didnt cry right away i guess cause of the shock or denial...but the eyes do not lie....i reconized your name on your tags and remember those hands of yours....i sat and prayed with you until your departure home.....it was the worst feeling in the world to see you for the last time in that state....i still remember you smilling with all that bling in your mouth(haha)...and those eyes were unforgetable....wish you had more time to spend with all of us.....i know your in a better place and watching over us each and everyday...."
trish of killeen, tx

"January 1, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Stevon A. Booker:
Stevon gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"I just read the story of what happened during the Thunder Run. I have infinite respect for the sacrifice of all of those from 3ID. From what I have read, Ssgt Booker must have been an awesome soldier. Rest in Peace."
The A of Washington, DC

"Sergeant Booker and family,
My uncle was also killed during one of the Thunder Runs described in the book also entitled "Thunder Run" , I know your pain and I understand everything. But remember, honoring the happy times and the good times are the best way of honoring someone. Hopefully I hope to meet the both of you Sergeant Booker, and my uncle Captain Edward Korn in Fiddler's Green, all though I'm not a Calvary man maybe there's room there for one Artillery man."
Austin of Savannah, Georgia

"Web site for the media coverage video:

http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/armstrong/13349303/detail.html"
Steve E. of APG

"On 18 May 2007, a shop building at Aberdeen Test Center was dedicated to Stevon Booker. His wonderful family and friends attended. It was a beautiful ceremony. Pittsburgh media covered the event. Upon reading these entries, I can only hope we did him justice. With the development of TUSK for Abrams, deaths like his will be avoidable. He's our motivation to keep improving the tank."
Steve E. of APG

"Book dog we started off rocky but through our trials in bosnia we became better soldiers and friends. I remember watching you kick some butt on commmand and conquer on ps you were the best. I also remember that old Bosnian lady trying to beat you up for accidentaly walking into her (oh man we had some fun times) man. I apologize for not being with the Wildbunch or Mad Dogs. I will never forget you Book dog Mad Dogs forever babe. May you forever rest in piece."
formerly Sgt Dupre' of North Branch, MN

"The M1 crew at the Stevon A.Booker Memorial Building recently dedicated at Aberdeen Proving Ground Maryland are proud to work at the building that bears his name."
Kathy Dominick of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md

"SSG Booker,
After so many years, your bright smile lives on in my family. I would like to thank you for the great times we spent together wether it was at work or on our own time. When I first meet you I thought you were really hard on me and road my back alot, but as you grew on me I realized that you did it because you really cared about me, not only as one of your soldiers but as a friend. The examples you set and the lessons you brought me will always be carried in my heart, until the day I breathe my last breath. By the way Nini still talks about the dollar you gave her for Ice Cream, and beleives in her heart that you are always protecting her. The family thinks of you often, and miss you. Til' we Meet again, we love you, and to us u will always be the definition of a TRUE HEROE!! God Bless.

DJ
WILDBUNCH, RED 4 D"
F. DeJesus & Family of Apple Valley, CA

"Stevon,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just in OIF, but also for your service in Desert Storm as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. After reading all the reflections left here for you, all I can say is that I wish that I had had the honor of serving with you.

"We Pierce"(64th Armor Motto)"

"I was Booker's Company Commander in Desert Storm (C/1-34 AR). Booker was one of those special troops everyone in the unit knew. He kept us all laughing and was a stranger to no one. I was not surprised to learn that he matured into a fine NCO and a superb leader. He touched my life and I'm proud to say I served with him. Booker, you will never be forgotton."
Jim Bell of Fort Knox, Kentucky

"I'm reading the book "Thunder Run" and was very touched by Sergeant Booker's story. His tank, "ANOTHER EPISODE" is currently (March '07) stored here at Sierra Army Depot, California. I'm thinking of asking the Depot Commander if this vehicle can be preserved here as a memorial.There are many TF 1/64 tanks here as well as many others from OIF. They will some day go to Anniston Army Depot and be made new again."
Mark Holloway of Sierra Army Depot, California

"my father served with Booker in OIF and on behalf of him and myself i would like to say this.....SGT. Booker i hope to meet you someday and thank you for what you have done for our nation"
B.Cooper of Barstow CA

"Alex,
God has you, but I miss you. All the times we spent together hanging out, laughing, joking, clowning. Your memory will not leave me, I wait for the day we meet again."
sharra of columbus, ga

"It would have been an honor to have worked with this fine young man. I will be wearing a memorial chain in his honor. His family, friends, and tank crew will be in my prayers. I can't think of the words to describe what a devastating loss of this leader is to America, the U.S. Army, and most of all, those that knew and loved him."
Culpeper of Roswell NM USA

"Booker,
Being your first tank commander and remembering when you as wet behind the ears as a wash rack after a manuever exercise. It made me proud to hear about the leader you bacame. Exhibited by the leadership you demonstrated during Desert Storm and the the run up to Baghdad. I thank God I had the pleasure of knowing you. I am so sorry your life was cut short. I pray that your loss will not be in vain. You are thought of often."
John Stevenson of Dallas, Texas

"I also read "thunder run" and I belive Mr. Booker was a very brave man and i hope his family knows this"

"I have read the book Thunder Run and have to say, Sgt. Booker died as a hero, fighting for The United States of America to protect our freedoms and to keep us safe. He has made the ultimate sacrifice and for this I am deeply thankful. It's men like Sgt. Booker, that let us sleep peacefully at night. He will never be forgotten. He is an American hero.

"And the Lord called and said, Whom shall I send? Who will go for us? And I replied "Here I am Lord...SEND ME."
A Thankful American of Ohio

"Iíll never forget you; we will see each other in Tanker land one day bro.
SFC Grimes Willie .S"
Willie Scott Grimes of Honolulu HI

"SSG BOOKER and BOOKER FAMILY,
MY NAME IS JONATHAN BOYER(SPC)...I WAS THE "COMMO" GUY FOR A 1-64...WILDBUNCH...MANY NIGHTS HAVE PASSED SINCE THE DEATH OF SSG BOOKER AND NOT ONE HAS PASSED THAT I DON'T THINK OF YOU.THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU, YOU WERE DRIVING BY IN YOUR TANK THE NIGHT BEFORE "THUNDER RUN"...I WISH YOU WOULD OF HAD A "COMMO PROBLEM" IN YOUR TANK SO I COULD HAVE SEEN YOU UP CLOSE ONE MORE TIME....OF COURSE NOBODY COULD OF KNOWN IT WOULD BE THE LAST TIME I WOULD SEE YOU ALIVE....EVERY NIGHT I LAY IN BED AND WISH IT WAS ME WHO WERE DEAD INSTEAD OF YOU...AS I WRITE THIS I CRY.....SSG BOOKER YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART AND I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU AS LONG AS I LIVE...TO THE BOOKER FAMILY....GOD BLESS YOU...YOUR SON DIED FOR A CAUSE HE BELIEVED IN....IF EVERYBODY IN THIS COUNTRY WERE AS PASSIONATE ABOUT THEIR JOB AS HE WAS....WE MIGHT BE LIVING IN A BETTER WORLD.....TO ALL THE SOLDIERS STILL SERVING....GOD SPEED...."WILDBUNCH!!!!!!!""
SPC JONATHAN BOYER of PHILADELPHIA ,PA USA

"Wild days and wild nights with you 'Book' will never be forgotten while in the WildBunch...Miss you Dog...Danny Boy
aka
Sgt Danny'The Shark' Flowers"
Daniel Flowers of Chicago,Il USA

"Booker T,
Damn man, just yesterday we were in I Trp 3/3 ACR cracking jokes on each other. I was at Bagram Airbase when i found out what happened. I remembered those Ironhawk days, the tanker vs. scout jokes. Thanks for being my friend, i was the light infantry guy, first time in the mech world and you made me feel like i was part of the team. Last time i saw you was at NTC in NOV of 2001, you of course made fun of me for being infantry again, but that's ok, I wish you could make fun of that still. I hope your family knows how much you were liked by your comrades, how much we respected your profesionalism. God bless you and your family. I'll see ya again someday."
SSG Francis Collins of Bco 2-505 PIR, Fort Bragg, NC

"GOD BLESS SGT. STEVON BOOKER , MAY HE REST IN PEACE."
TONI CARR of ATLANTA, GEORGIA

"Steve, Today has been hard on your Mom, Kim, Alex, Dennis, Michelle, Aaliyah and Deja'h. It has been two years since you gave your life to protect us all. It will be harder tomorrow as it will be the two year anniversary that the officials from the Army came to your Mom's house. I remember that day as if it was today, she wasn't home the first time they came, I hoped and prayed that maybe the Army had changed its procedures, and maybe you were just wounded and not dead. But, it was not to be. I know that you are looking down on all of them and still protecting them. Michelle had to go back to Iraq. Aaliyah is here with your Mom and Deja'h wanted to stay with her Dad until Michelle can come home again. Alex is growing so big, I know you are proud of him, one more short year and he will be a teenager. I wanted you to know that all of us here will take care of your Mom and all of your family. Freddie has been and always will be one of my most cherished friends and neighbors. Thank you and God Bless you for all you have given for us. Love, Connie"

"Book, Rest in peace brother. Miss those 2/64 Schweinfurt days."
SSG White of Germany

"I learned about Stevon's death just recently through the book written by David Zucchino, "Thunder Road". It was an emotional part of the story and I can't help but want to reach out to all the men and women who serve our country. I am proud and honored to know there are people out there like Stevon A. Booker. I will pray for Stevon's family and all the families of our servicemen. God Bless you all and thank you for serving our country."
Kevin of Philadelphia, PA

"I also served with Booker from basic to Germany and then on to Ft. Riley (87-91). I still have the pictures from Graf of him acting the fool. My thoughts are with his family."
Lat Ray of Villa Rica, GA

"Although I have never met Stevon Booker, when I began going to an Army College, I bought one of the metal braclets that are sold with soldiers names to help support the families left behind. I have made it a point never to go a day without keeping him and his family in my prayers. May god bless him and take him into his heart."
Patrick Allen of Dahlonega, GA

"Thank you"
of Claremont, CA

"TO THE FAMILY OF SSG BOOKER,
I KNOW THE PAIN YOU MUST FEEL, THE EMPTINESS AND THE NEVER ENDING TEARS YOU SHED NEVER EASE AS TIME PASSES YOU BY. THE ONLY COMFORT WE ALL SHARE IS THAT ONE DAY WE WILL BE REUNITED ALONG WITH STEVON.NO WORDS CAN COMFORT A MOTHER MOURNING THE LOSS OF A SON, NO FLAGS OR MEDALS CAN EVER REPLACE THE EMPTINESS YOU FEEL INSIDE. I CAME TO KNOW STEVON 4 AND A HALF YEARS AGO. I WAS SENT TO SERVE IN KOREA FOR A 1 YEAR TOUR. I WAS NEW IN THE ARMY. I WASNT EVEN A TANKER ,I WAS A SCOUT, BUT IN THE SAME TROOP. IT WAS MY FIRST NIGHT THERE IN THE BARRACKS, EVERYONE WAS HAVING FUN BECAUSE THE FOLLOWING WEEK WE WERE GOING ON A TRAINING EXERCISE. I FELT SO SAD AND OUT OF PLACE. NO ONE INTRODUCED THEIRSELVES. NO ONE EXCEPT STEVON. HE KNOCKED ON MY DOOR AND SAID. AY, MAN WHATS UP? WHY ARENT YOU IN MY ROOM PLAYING DOUBLE-0-7
(JAMES BOND) AND THEN HE SMILED WITH THE WARMEST SMILE. FROM THEN ON WE WERE ALWAYS HANGING OUT AND ALWAYS JOKING AROUND.WHEN WE WORKED WE WERE SOLDIERS, WHEN WE WERE OFF, WE WERE ALL EQUALS. I NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT IT THEN BUT KNOW I SIT BACK AND THINK ABOUT IT , HE MADE A BIG IMPACT IN MY LIFE AND I WILL NEVER FORGET HOW HE WELCOMED ME INTO A FRIENDSHIP THAT I WILL ALWAYS HOLD DEAR. YOU SEE I COME FROM AMERICAN SAMOA, AND THE LAST TIME I TALKED TO BOOK WAS IN AUGUST 2001, HE WAS IN GEORGIA THEN , I MOVED BACK TO THE ISLANDS AND STARTED EMAILING FOR A WHILE , THEN I STOPPED GETTING EMAILS AROUND MARCH 2003, I PAYED NO MIND TO IT I FIGURED NOTHING OF IT. JUST RECENTLY I MOVE BACK TO THE U.S. AND BY COINCIDENCE I STARTED TO SEARCH UP HIS NAME, AND AS THE LORD IS MY WITNESS I SAW THE LAST THING IN THE WORLD I WISH I NEVER SAW. ON THAT DAY I WAS CRUSHED AND STILL TO THIS DAY I CAN'T BELIEVE HE'S GONE. THE ONLY COMFORT IS I KNOW THE WAY HE LIVED WAS A HAPPY ONE, SO HE JUST LEFT THE ARMY AND JOINED A HIGHER BRANCH WITH OUR LORD AND SAVIOR.I WILL NEVER FORGET HIS SMILE AND HIS FUNNY JOKES. EVERYDAY I LOOK TO THE SKY AND SAY THANKS FOR GIVING US ALL ANOTHER DAY OF FREEDOM AND YOU DID'NT PASS IN VEIN YOU WILL ALWAYS LIVE IN OUR HEARTS AND IN OR PRAYERS "HOODY HOO" SEE YA SOON BOOK HOLD DOWN THE FORT TIL WE MEET AGAIN BIG SARGE . THANKS FOR ALL THE MEMORIES. SCOUTS, OUT."
ANOTHER SOLDIER TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL of RENTON,WA

"sgt BOOK,
We were stationed together in Korea and spent alot of time together I guess you can say we was just like brothers. We served together in C troop 4/7 cav Garry Owen, KOREA . We would always play his playstation and nintendo games then we would kick it down range, but my best memory of Book was how he out ranked us, but always took the time to make sure everyone was alright. He was the person you went to when you were feeling sad. his smile said it all. thanks for the memories BOOK!! you are always in my prayers and in my mind.see you when i get there, brother."
Spc. Edward Stevens (STEBO) of Seattle,WA

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. Ms. Jackson, Kim & Alex you all are in my continual prayers. Through your testimonials I am assuredknow Stevon made your lives immeasurable."
Alexis of Detroit, MI

"POOH BEAR,
WHEN WE MET IN 2000...I THOUGHT YOU WERE JUST AS COCKY....BUT ANYBODY THAT KNOWS YOU KNOWS THAT IS JUST YOU...AND TO ME THAT IS WHAT MADE YOU SO SPECIAL..YOU WERE ALWAYS THERE FOR ANYBODY THAT NEEDED YOU, NO MATTER WHAT IT TOOK, YOU WERE STRICKLY PROFESSIONAL WHEN IT CAME TO THE MILITARY AND WHEN YOU CAME HOME IT WAS ABOUT FRIENDSHIP AND LOVE....YOU WERE A GREAT MENTOR, FRIEND, AND MY HEART...WE HAD A LOT OF DREAMS AND PLANS TOGETHER...NO ONE CAN OR WILL TOUCH MY LIFE LIKE YOU DID....IT HAS NOW BEEN ALMOST 2 YEARS SINCE YOUR PASSING...AND MY HEART AND DREAMS ARE STILL WITH YOU AND ALWAYS WILL BE...THE KIDS...MISS YOU...AND OF COURSE YOUR POOH BEAR MISSES YOU TOO...YOU TOUCHED SO MANY PEOPLE..I REMEMBER ONE OF YOUR PHONE CALLS AND A LETTER STATING "POOH BEAR I AM GONNA BE A MOVIE STAR"...YOU DEFINITELY MADE IT BIG AND YOU ARE A STAR SHINING DOWN ON US EVERY DAY....MOMS MISSES U, AND ALEX, AND KIM...ONE DAY SOON POOH BEAR I WILL BE WITH YOU AGAIN......ALL MY LOVE YOUR POOH BEAR FOR LIFE"
POOH BEAR, of FT STEWART, GA

"We are so sorry for your loss. We lost Army Spc.Joshua Justice Henry on 9-20-04. This was the hardest day of our lives. We honor these guys as our Heroes and hope no one else has to go through with what we are all dealing with. Rest in peace Stevon, and thank you for serving your country to the fullest. Also thank you Stevon's mother for helping us get through this time."
Henry family of Vandergrift , PA

"I am very sorry for Bookers death.He was a very young man and had a lond life ahead of him."
andy marenco of california, sf

"Book was one heck of a Tanker! I served at Bliss and Carson with him. I remember that big smile that was always on his face, and when he was around, we all knew it! He couldn't play a lick of hoops, but he always gave it his all. The Commanders always picked him to be their gunner because he was the best! He scored highest on every range while I knew him. He was a friend, and I will miss him. Ironhawk!


Murph
Red and Blue 4"
Michael Murphy of Indy

"Book!!

I served with Stevon in Schweinfurt, Germany from 1987-1989. It was right when he was learning how to be a soldier at D Co. 2/64 Armor. We were in CAT '89 together and the most I remember about him is the SMILE and the friendship. After I ETS'ed in 1990 we lost touch, but I can tell that he turned in to a soldier of which all who followed him were better for. He was an awesome human being and I'm thankful to have the fond memories that I have. My heart goes out to his family and my thoughts to his family as well. "Roll the Rogue" my friend!!! I will miss you!!"
Bry Harley of Basin, WY USA

"SSG Booker was one of my roommates from PLDC. He was always ready to help anyone. He helped to make my 28 days some of the most memorable of my career. He will be greatly missed and will never be forgotten. The world has lost a great man."
SFC Sullivan of Fort Leonard Wood, MO

"To the Booker Family -

I met Stevon about 18 months before he deployed for Iraq. We spent endless hours talking about his tour in Desert Storm and other trips he made to the middle east. Stevon LOVED the army and loved what he did. To this day - I am saddened that the Army has lost such a great soldier, leader, mentor and friend to many. He is still and always will be missed. I will always hold a special place in my heart for you Stevon and one day our paths will cross again and I WILL bring the movies. My life has been forever changed."
Heather of ft stewart, ga

"To Sgt. Booker's Family -
Today (Memorial Day), I took part in a ceremony in Tucson, AZ, commemorating fallen soldiers in Iraq. I was given a wristband bearing Stevon's name. I grieve for him today. May the world find Peace, so other families are spared."
Cathy Howard of Tucson, AZ

"SSG Booker was my replacement when I PCSed to Korea. I helped him find a place to live and he took my gunner's slot. I wished it would've been different Book!!! I wished you and I could have been wingmen. I will remember you as you always were, Smiling and always loving what you did. Rest in Peace Brother. See you on the other side of the OBJ!!!"
SSG Lagermann of Fort Riley, KS

"I am sarey to here your son "Stevion"
pasedaway last year. I know how you fell.
A fuew years a go my grandma pastaway to.
By the sould of it your son was real cool.He had a lot of frindes how rily liked him He was a vary good Heroe not just him sellf but to all of us. I thank you and him for that. Thank you agien!!!!!!!!

*god bless your howl family*"
7th grade student of Barker Middel school

"Sgt Booker,
It hurts to know you're no longer amoung us physically.. but you shall always be in my mind, FOREVER, mentally. I was just a pvt in the United States Army.. so confussed at where i was.., and it was you who directed me and showed me how to make the best out of the Army. I'll always remember that night we pulled staff duty. All that night as we sat there stuck for 24 hours. We talked about everything we could put our minds to, to stay awake. I'll miss that half smile, ill miss your confidence. The memory of you, Sgt Booker, shall always be engraved in my memories. Ill see you in Paradise.

:: Attention ::
:: Salute ::

Desert Rogues Sir."
Sgt. Swanson (Shawn) of NY United States of America

"To Staff Sgt. Stevon Booker and Family:

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. You are the reason we enjoy the freedoms I and others may take for granted each day."
Kevin of Gainesville, FL

"My names is SSG James Clark. I was stationed with SSG Booker in Ft. Knox. We saw each other everyday in the motorpool smiling, I will miss his big smile May God Bless your family"
SSG James Clark of Indianapolis, IN

"We served together in Korea, you were a great leader. May you rest in peace."
SSG John Abronski of Ft Knox

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Stevon, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN (4-5-04)

"Sergeant Booker, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"A year later, you're still missed. You will never be forgotten.

Your "Dawgs of War"
TF 1/64
Desert Rogues"
D Co 10th En Bn of Ft Stewart, GA

"I was also touched by the article in this month's Men's Journal. It is so easy to take our freedoms for granted sometimes- but reading about heroic men like this should serve as a reminder to us all that freedom comes at a price. God Bless you Sgt. Booker- and God Bless the USA."
Mitchell of Charlotte, NC

"I was touched by the latest article in Mens Journal. Mr. Booker is a hero in my eyes. Thank you for your courageous service for your country. Godspeed."
Sean of Chicago/IL/USA!!!

"GODS SPEED BROTHER!"
SGT Frank Ugolini of Ft. Stewart, GA.

"Booker and I served together from basic to Germany and then on to Ft. Riley and Desert Storm(87-91). I had the privilege to have known him for 4 yrs. Rest in piece bud!"
Dan Hillner of Chicago, Il.

"Book, this is 1SG Eppler, I served with you in Korea, Camp Gary Owen "out front". You will never be forgotten, we had a some great times at everything we did, and as many have already said you were one of the best gunners I ever seen. God bless."
1SG Thomas Eppler of Ft, Irwin, Ca

"Thank you Stevon Booker, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

""Booker" and I went to Desert Storm together in 1991 from Ft. Riley Ks. We were good friends. I still remember the white car that he drove after the war. Around 1998, our paths crossed again. I was an instructor at The Basic Noncommissioned Officers Academy, Ft. Knox Ky. and he attended and was one of my students. I assigned him as the Platoon Sergeant because I knew how he was dedicated to getting the job done. My family and my prayers and heart goes out to the Booker Family. He is truley a Noncommissioned Officer. I am looking for some pictures from the 90'S. As Booker ended each phrase "Brave Rifles""
Senior Drill Sergeant Larry Gayden of Ft. Knox, Ky

"Booker and family,
Booker was my first NCO when i came to fort carson. I had to stay in his room and do what he said. I am a better person knowing him, he taught me alot of stuff from tanking to life. He would always tell me davis shake that stuff of well he would not say stuff but you know. After I moved from his room he would always come into the barracks, we would play 007 on the nintendo and drink beer(my beer of course.) He was a good person, funny as heck, always laughing I keep seeing him with the braces on and a shaved head before we went to NTC. He was the best gunner we had in the troop and when he left I was the best gunner. So book, thanks for you time, I am sorry I could not be over there with you. Ill see you on the high ground someday.

God Bless"
Michael Davis of Ft. Knox KY

"charlie company 1/34 armor.. we were good friends . i miss you. period."
chad of elgin,illinois

"steve- you and i were friends before desert storm. that was 12 years ago. i love you!! you showed me a great time///"

"MY PRAYER GO OUT TO YOU AND ALL YOUR LOVED ONES. THOUGH I NEVER MEET SSG BOOKER I CAN TELL HE WAS A GREAT MAN JUST BY THE STORIES TOLD TO ME BY YOUR FELLOW TANKERS"
D HAMILTON of Cco3/15 INF FORT STEWART GA

"Made it home. Wish you came back home with us. Your friends..."
Dawgs of war of Ft Stewart, Ga

"Rest in Peace SSG Booker, I made it home just like you told me to. Brothers Forever, "WILDBUNCH" For Life."
C. Silvas "blue 3 Golf" of Fort Stewart, Georgia

"Steven you wrer a great honourble soldier for us americans we hope youlook down at your fellow soldiers your a brave courage men who died in Bagdad we willl keep you in our hearts god blesss you and artmy soldiers your son and daughter probably miss you right now"
Greg Foulds of Crown point Indiana United states

"Stevon,
You will never be forgotten. You touched my life in many ways. And I can't say Thank You enough. I enjoyed the time that we spent together in Kuwait before the war. You will always be a hereo in my eyes. I will never forget your words to me when I kept telling you I was worried for you. "I'm a 19K and I know my tank and crew. And I have to best." Your right you do have the best. Your memory will always live on, from "Your eyes in the sky."
Christine Sharrit of Savannah, Ga

"Stevon and I served together in Korea at Camp Garry Owen. He was one of my best friends on post. As he was a consumate trash talker, we had a lot of fun busting each other's chops Monday morning after the Sunday games. Since I was a Browns fan, we all know how that went!

As a solider you could not expect better. He was a great friend and had a lot of impact on people around him. He certainly kept everyone on their toes!

I will see you in the great beyond my friend."
Bernie C Dziedzic of Columbus, OH USA

"SSG. BOOKER THIS IS SPC. WALKER I SERVED WITH YOU IN KUWAIT UNTIL DECEMBER 12, 2002 WHILE ATTACHED TO C-COMPANY 1/64 ARMOR I WISH MY MOTHER WASNT SICK SO I COULD OF BEEN THERE YOU DONT KNOW HOW MANY TIMES I REGRET COMING HOME I SOMETIMES WISH I COULD JUST GO BACK AND BE THERE TO HELP YOU AGAIN AS YOU HELPED ME AT FT. STEWART. BUT PLEASE REMEMBER YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY THOUGHTS AS A TEACHER AND MENTOR AND BRAVE HERO WHO SERVED AND TOOK THAT LOW SALARY JUST TO SERVE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WHO DONT REALIZE THE SACRAFISES WE ENDURE EVERYDAY. THANK YOU SO MUCH AND REMEMBER THIS "YOU WILL BE REMEMBERED BY ME FOREVER AND THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO NOW REALIZE WHAT FREEDOM IS. THANK YOU SO MUCH..."
CHAD WALKER of WINTER HAVEN, FL

"AS A MOTHER OF A SOLDIER SERVING IN BAGDAD MY DEEPEST HEARTFELT SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS STEVON YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN YOU WILL ALWAYS BE OUR HERO AND OUR GUARDIAN ANGEL"
CAROL BOER of VANDERGRIFT PA

"we will remeber you"
ed of rancho cucamonga

"My prayers are with your family, at this difficult time. Our nation is gratefull for your courage and strenghth may GOD be with your family and friends. You will be dearly missed!"
sarah popp of seneca falls, new york,usa

"Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you Stevon, for your courage and sacrifice. May God always keep you in His care."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Stevon Booker:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Stevon for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Stevon Booker:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Stevon, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"Thank you Stevon Booker for the sacrifice you made for each of us at home. God bless your family and friends. You are gone, but never forgotten."
Terri Curtis of Green Forest, Arkansas

"Booker, it is not that you are dead, the most courageous thing is that you died so that the others will live, just like Jesus Christ. God bless your Soul"
Robert Kiggala of Kampala, Uganda

"Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Your memory will live on forever and when we look at the beautiful stars in the sky at night, we shall think of you."
The Taylors, USMC of North Carolina

"Thank you for your sacrifice"
Ginger Smith & Family of Hillsboro, In

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on