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Cpl. Stephen M. McGowan View/Sign Guest Book
Cpl. Stephen M. McGowan

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Age:   26
Hometown: Newark, DE
Date of Death: 3/4/2005
Incident Location: Ramadi, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Cpl.
Unit: 1st Infantry Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team
Unit's Base: Fort Carson, Colo.

Stephen McGowan volunteered to go to Iraq so others with wives and children could stay behind. Instead of gifts for Christmas, he asked his family for toys to give to young Iraqi children. "He was just that kind of guy," said his father, Fran DiDomenicis. McGowan, a 26-year-old combat medic from Newark, Del., was killed in Ramadi, Iraq, on March 4 when an explosive detonated near his patrol. He was based at Fort Carson. McGowan joined the Army about three years ago after attending the University of Delaware and Wilmington College, studying criminal justice. "He wanted to serve in the Army, partly I think, because he could not find a job with enough challenge and adrenaline in other careers he had considered," his father said. McGowan and his squad carried toys and athletic equipment with them when they went on patrol. His description of Iraqi girls' enthusiastic reaction to Beanie Baby dolls led his mother to organize a drive for the toys. She collected so many that she had to send them in small lots because he did not have room to store them all.
Source: Associated Press
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