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Cpl. David S. Stewart

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Age:   24
Hometown: Bogalusa, LA
Date of Death: 8/3/2005
Incident Location: Haditha, Iraq
 
Branch of Military:   Marines
Rank: Cpl.
Unit: 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion, 4th Marine Division
Unit's Base: Gulfport, Miss.

When he was about 3, David S. Stewart spray-painted his mother's light blue Thunderbird dark green and his parents knew they were "in for a rocky road." That road turned out to be short _ and sweet. "He turned into a good, good man," his father said. Stewart, 24, of Bogalusa, La., died Aug. 3 when his vehicle was hit by an explosive south of Haditha. He was based at Gulfport. Stewart was widely known as a "wild child" who many remember with a twinkle in their eyes and a chuckle. Friends describe him as "all boy" in his early days. In 2003, Stewart was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal after he risked his life while his amphibious track vehicle was under attack. The weapon jammed and Stewart climbed to the top turret while under fire to repair it. A few minutes later, he did it again. Stewart attended several high schools but dropped out and got a GED. After working local odd jobs for a few years after high school, Stewart made the choice to join the Marines in 2001. He is survived by his parents, Sandra and Joey.
Source: Associated Press
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