Let the memory of Steven be with us forever
  • 28 years old
  • Born on May 16, 1979 .
  • Passed away on July 6, 2007 .

After making the honor role at Barstow Community College and graduating in 1999 with an associates in liberal studies, Steven Phillip Daugherty enlisted in the Navy. "He wanted to see the world and he did," said his mother, Lydia. "He loved the Navy. He loved everything about it. He was just proud to do his job." Daugherty, 28, of Barstow, Calif., was killed July 6 during combat in Baghdad. He was a 1997 high school graduate and was assigned to a SEAL team based in Norfolk. Daugherty traveled to ports in the Persian Gulf, the Mediterranean Sea and in Europe during his service on the USS Oscar Austin. In 2007, he began working with elite Navy SEAL teams as a cryptologic technician. Lydia said Daugherty enjoyed serving with the SEALs, and he was highly respected by his fellow sailors. Daugherty's three siblings, all currently enlisted or former military, also spoke highly of their brother. "I couldn't be more proud of him," sister Kristine said. "He was courageous and committed to what he did." He also is survived by his father, Tom, and a 5-year-old son. Daugherty enlisted in the Navy Aug. 9, 1999, and graduated from Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill., in October. Daugherty attended Naval Intelligence Training, Pensacola, Fla., in 2000, before reporting to USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79). In 2003, he reported to Naval Technical Training Center Detachment, Fort Meade. He served at Naval Security Group Activity, Norfolk, Va., from March 2004 to February 2007 before transferring to the Navy Information Operation Command Tactical Communications System Special Warfare. Daugherty’s awards include the Joint Service Achievement Medal, Combat Action ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Navy ‘E’ ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment ribbon and Good Conduct Medal (2 awards). He was a qualified Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. Daugherty is survived by his son and parents.

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