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Staff Sgt. Stephen A. Bertolino View/Sign Guest Book
Staff Sgt. Stephen A. Bertolino

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Age:   40
Hometown: Orange, CA
Date of Death: 11/29/2003
Incident Location: Haditha, Iraq
 
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Staff Sgt.
Unit: Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Troop, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment
Unit's Base: Fort Carson, Colo.

Staff Sgt. Stephen A. Bertolino was a man who would do anything to help others _ from fellow soldiers to strangers. "He could never drive past anyone stopped on the road without stopping to help them," said his wife, Susan Bertolino. His fellow soldiers told his wife how Bertolino worked to get them hot water, a luxury not all platoons had. Bertolino, 40, was killed Nov. 29 when his cargo truck was ambushed in Haditha, Iraq. He grew up in El Cajon, Calif., and was stationed at Fort Carson. Bertolino, who followed in the footsteps of his father and his grandfather by joining the military, volunteered as a reserve deputy sheriff while stationed at Hunter Army Airfield. "He wanted to give service to the community in which he lived," said fellow officer Judy Tyree. Bertolino deployed to Iraq in March, days after burying his mother, who had died of cancer. He is survived by his wife and four children: Stephen Anthony Jr., 13; Daniel, 12; Karina, 7; and Jason, 6.
Source: Associated Press
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