Army SGT Steve Morin, Jr.
KIA September 28, 2005
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Assigned to the 11th Engineer Battalion, 36th Infantry Division, Texas Army National Guard
After completing a security detail to escort soldiers returning from R&R, SGT Morin was killed when an IED hit and overturned the Humvee he was riding in back to base west of Umm Qasr, Iraq.
SGT Morin was a hard-working individual, who diligently pushed himself to be better for those around him. He had two degrees from Texas Tech University, in Business and Finance, that he completed while working and supporting his family. Although his family and friends can’t help but brag about his achievements, they say that his giving nature and heart of service far outweighed any achievement he had accomplished; more often than not, Steve would put the needs of his family and men ahead of his own.
“Steve was the kind of guy that would walk into a room, and instantly the world seemed brighter. He was always positive and optimistic, and I never heard a negative word from him,” SPC Lee DeGaugh, who served with Steve in Iraq, said. “He personified what it meant to be a good soldier, a great husband, and wonderful father. He was the epitome of a Sergeant, always looking out for those under his leadership.”
Having received an appointment to the Naval Academy, Steve Morin started his long military career as a Navy Sailor. After spending 14 years in the Navy, he joined the Army National Guard. Even when Steve was scheduled to attend Officer Candidate School, he continued to put others above himself, deciding to momentarily put his plans aside to support his unit when they were called up. SGT Morin is remembered by family, friends and his soldiers for his unyielding support and kindness.
“Steve was a fiercely loyal man, to his country, to his family, and to his friends. He was the salt of the earth; a rock. He was a man of unquestionable honor and unrelenting ambition,” said Shawn Gallagher, a sailor who served with him in the Navy.
SGT Steve Morin, Jr. was 34 years old from Brownfield, Texas.
Original portrait was presented May 20th, 2017 to his mother, and family at the Armed Forces Day Banquet hosted by the American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation in Amarillo, Texas.
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