Private First Class Stephen Baldwyn
In May of 2004, Stephen Baldwyn stood with his friends from Mooreville High School decked out in his black graduation gown and mortar board. It was his second graduation ceremony in just two months. In March 2004, Stephen stood in a similar ceremony, except this time the dress code was his brand new United States Marine Corps uniform. He had completed his high school requirements early so he could begin boot camp in January. By the time his senior class was ready to walk, Stephen was there beside them. His long black gown hid the Marine uniform underneath. He was immensely proud to be both a soldier and a senior.
In May of 2005, Private First Class Stephen Baldwyn would return to Mooreville for one last ceremony. The same family and friends who watched him walk across the graduation stage 12 months earlier, would now watch as his flag draped casket was carried across the cemetery lawn to his final resting place. He was barely 19 years old. His life was taken by an explosion from a roadside bomb. Click here to read the rest of PVT Stephen Baldwyn's story at www.40DaysofHonor.com.