|SFC John S. Stephens
United States Army
KIA March 15, 2007, Tikrit, Iraq
Oregon has lost another of its sons, SFC John 'Scott" Stephens. Stephens
died March 15 of wounds suffered when his patrol came under attack in
Tikrit, Iraq. He served with the 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st
Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. He served as a medic
and a trained others to be medics. He had served in Desert Storm and
Desert Shield and multiple tours to Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Known to family and friends as Scott, he was born in Prineville, Oregon
and raised in La Grande, Oregon. In high school he was known for his
sports - baseball, football, swim team - and his academic prowess. He
often tutored his classmates. He continued his education in the Army and
completed his master's degree in education two years ago. He planned to
eventually become a teacher and a coach.
Typically, he was involved in teaching at the time of his death. He was part
of a group training Iraqi soldiers. He was training the medics.
Scott loved sports - the Bengals and the Braves - hunting, fishing, trapping
and enjoying the beauty of Eastern Oregon. He loved his country, and was
known to tear up when he heard the National Anthem. And, he loved his
SFC Stephens is survived by his wife, Bea, and children, Brian, Cheryl and
Darren; his parents, Gene and Jo Stephens of La Grande; a sister,
Michelle Flowers of Hermiston; nephews, Tyler and Sean Flowers;
grandmother, Gayle Stephens of La Grande; and numerous aunts, uncles
A memorial service was held at Fort Riley, Kansas today. The service and
internment in La Grande, Oregon will be on March 26. The Patriot Guard
Riders will be escorting SFC Stephens.
A message from his sister: i sat here and cried and cried because there
are so many people out there that love our servicemen and women. it's
good to know that people can make you feel good at a time like this
because of their appreciation for what he did and what he stood for. i know
in my heart that my brother loved what he did. he told me over and over
again how much he loved it and it makes me feel better knowing that.....
Michelle Stephens Flowers.
SFC John Scott Stephens gave his life for our country. We keep his family
and friends in our prayers at this difficult time.
Freedom Isn't Free ~ Someone Pays for You and Me.
An honor guard from the 3/116 of
the Oregon National Guard
transfers the flag-draped coffin of
Sgt. 1st Class John Scott Stephens
to Loveland Funeral Home Friday
afternoon. A group of Patriot Guard
Riders and the local VFW
accompanied a procession from the
airport down Adams Avenue and up
Fourth Street to the funeral home.
The funeral for Sgt. Stephens, who
was killed in Iraq March 15, will
begin at 1 p.m. Monday at the
Oregon National Guard Armory.
Gov. Ted Kulongoski will be at the
service, which is open to the public.
Memorial Page Established by- Major Ron Powell
In Honor Of Sergeant First Class John Scott Stephens
i've always felt like i knew you, because Jack Stephens has been my
best friend since the 2nd grade. He's followed your career like a brother
would, and i know he loved you very much. As a result of my friendship
with him, i've also followed your entire career as a soldier. I thought
of one day finally meeting the man who has served as a fine role model
God bless you Scott!
August 11, 2009
SSG Salvador Mercado
In Honor Of SFC John S. Stephens
"Scott" Rest in Peace, HOAH!!! You will not be forgotten - Brave Rifles!!!
Feb 18, 2008
SFC Rod Brewer
SERGEANT FIRST CLASS John S. Stephens, 1/16th Inf, 1st
BCT, 1st Inf Div. KIA March 15, 2007 during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Christmas in Arlington... Rest easy, sleep well my brother. Know the line
has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well. Others have taken up where you fell, the line
Peace, peace, and farewell..... John, You Will Never Be Forgotten...