- 18 years old
- Date of birth: Sep 4, 1987
- Place of birth:
Delaware, United States
- Date of passing: May 11, 2006
- Place of passing:
|Let the memory of Stephen be with us forever|
Stephen or better known to his family and friends as Stevie, was born on his due date on Labor Day. He lead a charmed life and never expected much in return. He would give the shirt off his back and in fact he did one time to one of his fellow soldiers. He joined the army at 17 completing basic training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. From there he went on to Fort Drum, New York 10th Mountain Division to be 3-6 Field Artilary. His unit deployed in August in 2005 by Stephen could not go with them because he was not of age. He turned 18 in September that year and deployed to Iraq on November 5, 2005 to meet up with his unit. Stevie came home to North Carolina on leave from April 5 to the 20th and did all the things that a normal young kid did, played with his power rocket and army men, paintball with his mom and a road trip to Delaware with his dad to see family and friends. Little did we know this was the last day we would see him. May 10, he called but I was unable to speak to him as the phone cut off. He called my husband and spoke to him before the phone cut off again. The next day we were told he was killed by an IED along with PFC Eric D. Clark. He is survived by his mom and dad, Deborah and Paul Brown, sister Jessica Slater, maternal grandmother, Janet Loveland, uncle John Loveland. His brother, James A Graham Jr was killed 4 years later.
"The crazy thing is when i just read this it shocked me cause he also called me the same day and i had just missed the call by two seconds and my grandmother told me he was gonna try and call the next day but instead the next day my friend mandi (his cousin) who introduced me to him called me and that was one of the worst dais of my life. .. to know the love of my life passed and the day after he passed i got a letter in the mail asking me to merry him it broke my heart and the letter came with a picture he drew I love him with my whole heart and i will always keep the elephant oil burner he sent me cause every time i look at it i see him. .. just wish he was here and could hold me just one more time and tell me everything is going to be OK he Saved me and if it wasn't for him i would probably be dead. .. I love you hunny miss you and can't wait to see you again"
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