Soldier Honored: Steven R. Givens
Branch of Service: Army
U.S. Army Specialist Steven R. Givens of Mobile, Alabama was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 15th infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia. He died May 8th, 2005 of injuries sustained from enemy small-arms fire in Balad, Iraq while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was 26 years old.
A former student of Baker High School, SPC Givens lost his life on Mother’s Day in 2005. He is remembered as a man who loved and helped children of the war-torn country of Iraq. He married his wife Friday, January 13th, 2005 and three days later he deployed. As a child, he loved “The Dukes of Hazard” and video games. He could often be found sitting with his son in his lap, playing the latest PlayStation game. At graveside, Army Brigadier General William Jacobs, the deputy commanding general at Fort Rucker, presented the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for wounds received in action to the soldier’s mother and to his wife.
He is survived by his wife and son, both of whom are recipients of a Folds of Honor scholarship.