Spc. Stephan L. Mace was a soldier in Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry
Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. He was killed October
3, 2009 in Kamdesh, Afghanistan when his combat outpost was attacked by enemy
insurgents. His final resting place is Arlington National Cemetery.
Stephan, of Purcellville, VA, a fun, active boy growing up, he possessed a
love for dirt biking from an early age. It was nothing for him even at the age
of 8 to go out and do a 40 mile ride. Sports of any kind kept him moving,
basketball, football, it didn’t matter, he was passionate about sports. Stephan
worked for a vet clinic and through the owners, he traveled several times to
Africa. His other passions were history and his country. Deciding to enlist in
the military, he obtained a G.E.D. so he could enlist. He entered the Army on
January 17, 2008. This was his first deployment. He deployed on May 22, 2009.
A Special Message:
I am the mother of Stephan Mace, who was KIA at COP Keating on 10/3 along with 7 of his brothers.
My son was so proud that I was just about to complete my degree in Veterinary Technology
and was planning on taking my boards in 1/10. As soon as I complete that task, I will be
working on making sure our military is taken care of by its citizens. I escorted my baby home
from Dover and landed at a local hometown airport in Leesburg, Va. When we arrived home,
there were hundreds upon hundreds of people who came out to welcome him home. Along
the nine mile route hundreds of people were holding flags and signs for my son. Every time
somebody talks to me, one of my family members or friends, we remind them that they had
the right to stand on the road with their flags for one reason and one reason only. Our
military. I am hoping that my fight too will open the eyes of this country and cause them to
start supporting the soldiers.