I am dedicating each mile that I run in the Pasadena Marathon to another Marine Corps hero who has made the ultimate sacrifice, so that in my own small way, they may be honored, acknowledged, and remembered.
Action 425 – Honor Heroes (Mile 22). I will run mile twenty-two in honor of Sgt. Andy Stevens. Even as a child, Steven was already imagining a military career. His sister told mourners at the funeral that he used to wear camouflage to elementary school and draw pictures of war zones in crayons.
I will run this mile in honor of this fallen Marine warrior, dedicated son and brother. Semper Fi, Sergeant.
Marine Sgt. Andy A. Stevens died December 1, 2005 serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom; He was 29, of Tomah, Wis.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.; attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward); killed Dec. 1 by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Fallujah, Iraq.
(Photo from USMCScoutSniper.org; summary courtesy of militarytimes.com.)