Saturday, April 21, 2007

Army Staff Sgt. Steven R. Tudor

Remember Our Heroes

Army Staff Sgt. Steven R. Tudor, 36, of Dunmore, Pa.

SSgt. Tudor was assigned to the 210th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.; died April 21 in Baghdad of wounds sustained when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using indirect fire during combat operations.

The Times-Tribune -- A Dunmore High School graduate killed in Iraq on Saturday was a quiet, shy professional who let his work speak for him, his mother said.

“He just did his job,” Mary Ann Jones said Monday by telephone from her home in Yucca Valley, Calif.

“He didn’t say whether the war was wrong or right; he just did what he had to do.”

Army Staff Sgt. Steven Tudor, 36, of Watertown, N.Y., was killed Saturday in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Baghdad, Mrs. Jones said.

He leaves behind a wife, Wanda, and two stepchildren, she said.

As of Monday, the Defense Department had not released the details of the career soldier’s death. After 18 years in the military, he was looking forward to retirement in two years, his mother said.

Sgt. Tudor was serving his second tour in Iraq, Mrs. Jones said. He served in Saudi Arabia in 1991, driving fuel trucks to service tanks and other military vehicles on the front lines of Operation Desert Storm.

Sgt. Tudor’s tour was scheduled to end in August, but he recently learned it would be extended through November, Mrs. Jones said.

After graduating from Dunmore in 1989, Sgt. Tudor immediately joined the army, she said.

Although he only spent his senior year at Dunmore, some teachers remembered him Monday.

“The teachers that are still here remember Sgt. Tudor as a respectful student who cared about academics,” high school Principal James Forgione said.

“He was a quiet boy who didn’t get involved in many things here at our school, but he was a good student.”

And a good soldier, Mrs. Jones said.

“He was proud to serve his country,” she said. “And I’m proud of him.”

Army Staff Sgt. Steven R. Tudor was killed in action on 4/21/07.

1 comment:

Tony walker said...

R I P Steven, you were a good friend and 25 years later the news of your passing wasn't any easier. Saddened!