Stephen R. Fortunato

Age: 25
Branch: U.S. Army
Rank: Specialist
Unit: 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division
Station: Fort Hood, TX

Killed in Action: October 14, 2008
Location: Qazi Bandeh, Afghanistan
Campaign: Operation Enduring Freedom

Medals & Commendations: Purple Heart, National Defense, Afghanistan Campaign, Global War on Terror

Hometown: Beverly, MA
Family: He is survived by his wife, Sherri; mother, Elizabeth Crawford; father, Richard J. Fortunato and his wife Nancy: brothers Joseph P. and Anthony P. Fortunato; grandmother, Veronica Fortunato; step-siblings, Richard Brown and Christy Pettipas; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.