Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. This month’s Honoree is Marine Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart.
A Marine from Stafford County, Virginia, was killed last week while on deployment in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart, 34, died Friday while supporting combat operations in the Helmand province of the country, the Department of Defense announced.
Lance Cpl. Brandon J. Garabrant, 19, of Peterborough, New Hampshire, and Lance Cpl. Adam R. Wolff, 25, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, were also killed as a result of the hostile incident.
All three were all assigned to the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion (Forward) in the 2nd Marine Division.
Stewart most recently deployed to Afghanistan in April, while Garabrant and Wolff deployed in March. It was his fifth deployment in 10 years, and his second in Afghanistan. He was serving as a platoon sergeant for the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force.
He also completed three tours of duty in Iraq after joining the Marines in June 2004. He was promoted to staff sergeant in 2010.
Stewart graduated from North Stafford High School and still considered Stafford his home despite living near Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, said his father, Nelson Stewart.
Nelson, who also served in the Marines, told News4’s David Culver that his son was a “warm, loving person.”
David Stewart also left behind his wife, Kristine, and two young children.
“We’ve been together since we were teenagers and he’s always been positive,” Kristine Stewart said. “It didn’t matter what was going on. All the joys in our life and then the hardships that come with five deployments; he just was my rock.”
It’s painful to think their two young children won’t have their father with them as they grow up, she said. She wishes they would be able to see for themselves what a wonderful man he was.
“…David’s probably up in heaven right now saying, ‘I’m so sorry, sweetheart. I love you so much. And I’m so sorry,’ because he always put us first,” Kristine Stewart said.
During his first deployment to Iraq, as a Marine Corps reservist, David Stewart called his wife, Kristine. He said he was thinking about becoming an active-duty Marine.
“I was like, ‘Do it.’ I could just tell how much he loved the Marine Corps,” his wife said. She said his dedication never wavered through four more deployments. While on his fifth, Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart, 34, was killed in Afghanistan on Friday, along with two other Marines.
The son of a lieutenant colonel, Stewart was born in New Orleans and moved wherever his father was stationed, including two tours in Okinawa, his wife said. But he considered Stafford — where the family settled after Stewart’s father retired and when Stewart was in middle school — his home.
There he met Kristine, when they were in middle school. They began dating as juniors in high school.
The two married and have a daughter, Mackenzie, 2, and son, Marshall, 14 months.
Marine Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart was the son of a lieutenant colonel. (AP)
“He was the most joyous father you could ever know,” Kristine Stewart said. “He had such a sparkle in his eyes when he looked at his beautiful children.”
She said that she helped her husband decide to follow in his father’s and brother’s footsteps by joining the Marine Corps Forces Reserve. “It was all about serving something that was bigger than ourselves and doing the right thing. I fell in love with him when I was 16 years old because he was like that as a teen, and he just carried that on,” she said.
Stewart deployed to Iraq from September 2004 to March 2005, from March to October 2006 and from September 2007 to April 2008. Then he went to Afghanistan from October 2012 to April 2013. He left for his last deployment this past April, according to the Defense Department.
He served in the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion (Forward), Marine Expeditionary Brigade Afghanistan, Regional Command Southwest. His wife said that as a combat engineer, he worked on clearing roads during his last deployment.
The Defense Department said Stewart died as a result of a hostile incident in Helmand province. Lance Cpl. Brandon J. Garabrant, 19, of Peterborough, N.H., and Lance Cpl. Adam R. Wolff, 25, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, also were killed. All three were based at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
“He just had so much fun. Gosh, he would come home with this light in his eyes,” Kristine Stewart said of her husband’s early days in the reserves, before September 11, before the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Even after he went to war, five times over, Stewart remained upbeat. “He just was so proud to be a Marine and so proud to serve his country, and I was just so proud of him,” his wife said.
Source: washingtonpost.com, by Julie Zauzmer
STAFFORD, Va. (AP/WJLA) – The body of a Marine killed one week ago in Afghanistan came home to Virginia on Friday amid a procession of motorcyclists.
Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart seen with his wife, Kristine, and two young children, Mackenzie and Marshall.
Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart died as a result of what the Pentagon calls a hostile incident in Helmand Province. The 34-year-old’s body was transported Friday afternoon from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Friday to Stafford County, accompanied by a procession of motorcyclists made up of current and former police, fire and rescue workers and military members. It’s an honor for us to escort him to his final resting place…He lost his life fighting for our country you know, and for us to be able to help out and make sure everything goes smoothly for him and his family, it’s a big honor,” said Corporal Mike Ashe with the Prince George’s County Motorcycle Unit.
Stewart’s funeral is set for Tuesday at the Marine Corps Base Quantico chapel.
He was deployed three times to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan. He is survived by his wife, and two young children.
Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart, 34, of Stafford, Virginia, died June 20, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart died as a result of what the Pentagon calls a hostile incident in Helmand Province.
His body was transported Friday afternoon from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Friday to Stafford County, accompanied by a procession of motorcyclists made up of current and former police, fire and rescue workers and military members. “It’s an honor for us to escort him to his final resting place…He lost his life fighting for our country you know, and for us to be able to help out and make sure everything goes smoothly for him and his family, it’s a big honor,” said Corporal Mike Ashe with the Prince George’s County Motorcycle Unit.
Stewart’s funeral is set for Tuesday at the Marine Corps Base Quantico chapel. He was deployed three times to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan. Survivors include his wife, Kristine Stewart; his two beautiful children, MacKenzie and Marshall; father, Lt. Col. Nelson H. Stewart (USMC Retired); and brother, Nelson E. Stewart.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 1 at the Marine Memorial Chapel, Marine Corps Base Quantico. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Quantico National Cemetery. Obituary information provided by Covenant Funeral Service.
Burial: Quantico National Cemetery, Quantico, Prince William County, Virginia, USA, Plot: Section 28 Site 4