Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Joseph W. Stevens

26, of Sacramento, California..
Stevens died in Mohammed Sacran, Iraq, when his Bradley Fighting Vehicle overturned. He was assigned to the 2d Battalion, 2d Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, Vilseck, Germany. Died on January 24, 2005.

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"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Five years ago today, we lost a best friend, a brother, and fellow Soldier. SSG Joseph W. Stevens. You'll always be with us brother! Please take a moment to send a thought, a prayer and a little respect the way of those who've made it home, those whom we're still waiting on and those that never will... We miss you Joe!"
Heather of Roseville, CA

"hey joe, its been 5years today...and you are not forgotten...looked at the pictures the other day...I miss you...
Only the good die young! And you were the best!"
BM of Germany

"January 18, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. Joseph W. Stevens:
Joseph 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

"Joe... from the day I got you to sign that DeMolay petition, I knew we'd be brothers for life. You've touched all of us DeMolay brothers in an unforgetable way and in more ways than we'll ever be able to repay you for...
From those nights in the basement blaring Smashing Pumpkins to the wild parties, to watchin' my little leprechaun buddy fly to the hoop in the basketball tourneys, to actually getting Casey to smoke parsley... our memories live on in my heart and soul.

Man... I always wondered what I'd do if I ever got to "talk to you" again. Now here I am struggling for words that I thought would come all too easily..

Joe, I want you to know that you've stayed with me every single minute since the last time we talked, since the day I got that fateful phone call in Ft. Riley that you'd passed, since I walked with Mom and Ronnie and "lil sis" to the gravesite. I keep you with me every single day of my life. I wear a bracelet with your name on it that never leaves my wrist. I have a shell from your 21 gun salute on my dog tags and every time I take off in a bird, I feel like I'm closer to you and you're right there with me in the clouds.

I've recently decided to re-up for another 8 year stint and I can only hope that my next deployment takes me to your old sandbox stoppin' grounds that I may fly as a Medic where you once helped so many.

I love you brother, and I miss you every day, as do all of us. Thank you again for all that you did for us when you were here and all you've left with us when you went to the heaven's above to keep a watch on us all.

In Brotherhood, in Soldiering...
Love always!

SGT Dustin L. Singleton
Flight Medic
1042nd Medical Company (Air Ambulance)
US Army"
Dustin Singleton of Gladstone, OR USA

"Joe,

I still think of you daily and miss you terribly. We never got to have that drink when you came back and I'm sorry that we didn't talk longer on that phone call in December. I never thought that anyone I knew would ever have to make the ultimate sacrifice that you did.

You taught me more than you could ever imagine. Forgiveness, for one because you forgave those that I did not. Loyalty, integrity and most of all, Brotherhood. You are now, as you have always been, my Brother and you will be sincerely missed."
Damian of Jackson, CA

"The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.
~Douglas MacArthur

May God Bless Joseph and all his family for his sacrifice to country, honor and duty. We thank him for helping to keep our family and America safe. And we pray his family has or will soon find peace in their loss."
Chuck & Jana Atwood of Sacramento, CA

"Joe,
I'm glad we went to breakfast after your farewell party. It felt like old times after so many years apart. My heart misses you, but I know we will meet again, for another reunion. Save me a spot next to you with the rest of the Irish."
Kelly of California, Marysville

"Man.. We had fun in Germany.I will remember you till the end of time.

Big T"
Akinwale Adeku of Newark, NJ

"To the family of: Joseph W. Stevens I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully, we will meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington, GA

"joe was more than a brother to me, he was my best friend. i lost half of me when he died. he was a great man and deserved more than he got. he will forever be missed and loved"
amanda w. of sacramento ca.

"I was so shocked when I heard about our good friend. He was always a survivor and a great person. Thank you for all you have done for me and all of us up here in Germany. We carry you in our hearts always and forever. My man left on jan. 26th to iraq and he also is so proud of all you did for your country. He didnt know you but he knows that you must have been a special person.
You are the best friend anyone could ask for. THANK YOU for always being there. I will never forget you. God bless you and your whole family. I send you all my support. Stay strong thats what he would say. Joe, you have done a great job."
Nicole of Nürnberg, Germany

"Hey Joe,
its July 12th so Happy Birthday!
I miss you very much. Thanks for everything, i will never forget you. Love ya....""
BM of Germany

"Goodbye to my "first" everything. I love you Bubsybear"
MS of Sacramento, CA

"Joe,
You had a huge impact on my life and I miss you so very much. There are some things that time can not heal, and losing you is one of them. I miss your laugh and your smile. I miss the late night conversations but I will cherish the memories of them. All the thoughtful phone calls and letters to let me know you cared mean the world to me. The way you spoke, I can still hear you in my heart. Our time together was short but I learned so much from you. You taught me not to give up if it was something that I believed in and the one thing I believed in was you. You mean the world to me. I have missed you for a long time and now I will miss you forever. You gave your life fighting for something you believe in and I love you for it. Thank you Joe for everything you gave me, i will never forget you. I love you...."
KD of Sacramento, Ca.

"Thank you Joseph Stevens, 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

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Joseph Stevens:
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 Joseph 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. Joseph Stevens:
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 Joseph, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

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