Cpl. Stephen S. Thompson
United States Army
KIA 14 February 2009, Iraq
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This Memorial Page Established by-  Jeanne Heath
In Honor Of  Cpl. Stephen S. Thompson

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was
supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Cpl. Stephen S. Thompson, 23, of Tulsa, Okla., died Feb. 14 in Baghdad of injuries sustained
from a gunshot wound.   He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st
Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Stephen was a joy to many and touched so many lives.  His death is a great loss to his family
and friends.  He was loved by so many people and will be greatly missed.  Stephen this is for
you, my cousin, my friend, my hero! I love you and miss you.

Because of you I'm Free

Each time I see a waving flag, my eyes see so much more,
the ones who died to save us from an evil at our door.

The Army, and the Navy, the Air Force and the Marines,
Have paid the price so I am free to live and see my dreams.

The Army Reserve and the Coast Guard, always at the country's call,
To serve, protect, and help us as they daily give their all.

And tho this country still is young; we're strong and we have power,
Because of those who sacrifice, who'll go at any hour.

I call you friend, a soldier, for someone who'd give their life,
Is more than just a friend to me, for you were there to fight.

And fight you have for freedom and the rights we hold so dear,
You fought so we can live in peace, and not live life in fear.

I know there's nothing I can do, that can or will repay,
The debt of gratitude I owe, when I woke up today.

For when I leave my home today, I know that I can be,
And speak and go where I may want, because of you I'm free.

This country was so blessed, to have a soldier so brave and true,
So I salute you now my dear cousin; my hat is off to you.

Because of you I have a choice of where I go to work,
Or where I live or go to school, or where I go to church.

I have the right to speak my mind, and freedom of the press,
The right to have a weapon, or start a street protest.

But rights and freedoms would not be at our foundations core,
If you'd not fought the battles, and the long and bloody wars.

For those who do not believe in war, or going out to fight,
Are those who cannot understand the reasons for why we have rights.

We're free today because of you; you've suffered, bled, and died,
Not one has ever died in vain, for God is on our side.

To thank you seems so incomplete, for words cannot contain,
The gratitude that's in my heart, for wounded limb's and pain.

The family that you left at home, the friends you left behind,
Are proud of you and thankful for the sacrifice of time.

No matter where you went to fight, or where you lived and served,
Please know that there were ones at home who meant these grateful words.

Because of you this country lives in freedom, peace and wealth,
And I don't take for granted every battle war has dealt.

Though grateful words are not enough, and they can never be,
I'll say what's truly in my heart, I love you Stephen, because of you, I'm free.

Cpl. Stephen Scott Thompson, US Army, son, brother, cousin, and friend, but most of all he
was a Hero and will be greatly missed.  I love you and miss you, Jeanne

March 10, 2009
SFC Rod Brewer (R)
Corporal Stephen S. Thompson, Killed in Action, Feb 14, 2009
You Will Not Be Forgotten, Stephen.
Christmas in Arlington.
Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.
Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace, peace and farewell.
SFC Rod, Standing in Honor and Respect.

Feb 23, 2009
I love you and miss you so much Stephen.  You were a great cousin, a best friend, and my
hero!  You are greatly missed and thought of often.
Cpl. Stephen S. Thompson and
his dad, Philip Thompson
Cpl. Stephen S. Thompson