Sgt. Stevon Booker had joined the Army after graduation from Apollo-Ridge High School in Apollo, about 25 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. He was remembered as a strict soldier who cared for his family and enjoyed playing video games, basketball and darts.
In an interview with The Associated Press in December 2002, the tank commander talked about passing lessons on to younger soldiers who joined after Sept. 11. "I teach my guys what I learned from the Gulf War," he said then. "One guy doesn''t win a war. You have to have confidence in your equipment. The M1A1 is the best tank on the battlefield. It can destroy anything the Iraqis throw at us."