KIA July 21, 2005
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Assigned to 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, San Antonio, TX
Died July 21, 2005 after an IED went off while conducting combat operations near Zaidon, Iraq.
After graduating from high school in 1999, Steve had planned to enter the seminary. He later decided to be a youth minister because of his love of children and his own involvement in church youth groups. Then came the September 11th attacks. “He was moved by what happened on 9-11,” his father said. “When he saw those towers crashing, he had to do something.” While Steven wanted to enlist immediately, his father persuaded him to finish the semester.
In January 2002, he joined the Marines and embarked on his first tour of duty in Iraq in March. “He knew the sacrifice he might be called to make, and he accepted that,” his father said.
Cpl. Steven Gill was 24 years old from Round Rock, TX
Original portrait was presented May 17, 2008 to Steven’s mother, Rose, along with a canvas print presented to his father, Bill, during a special event honoring Steven and his family at his favorite hang-out, G-Cue Billiards in Round Rock, Texas.