KIA October 28, 2004
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery, Camp Hovey, Korea
SPC Stephen Downing died October 28 by small-arms fire while conducting combat operations in Ramadi, Iraq.
Stephen grew up in in Kentucky and attended Mooresville High School. He was a member of the Indiana Guard for seven years, but felt called at 29 to join he active Army forces. Before joining the Indiana National Guard in 1994, he was an avid snow skier and raced off-road trucks professionally. He was a man with no enemies who considered his friends as family.
Excerpt from Stephen’s mother, Stella Maynard:
“I will tell you that even as a child Stevie loved life. He always lived it to the fullest, even if it meant scaring me half to death. As most boys, he was a daredevil and would try most anything. He loved to climb, and jump his bike over everything. As he got older his love for wheels grew and going fast became a thrill. Stevie was a prankster, especially if he could upset his sister, Danica with a good joke or prank, of course she would get a few good ones on him also. As most siblings, they would fight like cats and dogs, but when it came to protecting each other they were always there for each other. They became best friends and loved each other very much. Stevie was a wonderful son, brother, father, uncle, nephew, and friend. And as most will tell you, he made “family” not friends. If you were his friend, then he would make you family. He was blessed with two children and loved them very deeply and was very proud of them. Through them and our memories, he will live forever.”
SPC Stephen P. Downing II was 30 from Burkesville, Kentucky.
Original Portrait was presented October 29, 2013 to his family at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.
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