Soldier Honored: Mark N. Stubenhofer
Branch of Service: Army
Captain Mark N. Stubenhofer, 30, of Springfield, Va., was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Fort Riley, Ks., and served during Operation Iraqi Freedom. On December 7, 2004, Cpt. Stubenhofer was killed when his unit was attacked by small-arms fire while conducting dismounted operations in Baghdad, Iraq.
A 1992 graduate of West Springfield High School, Cpt. Stubenhofer attended Clemson University, graduating in 1996 with a degree in History. Shortly thereafter, he enlisted in the Army through Clemson’s ROTC program. While in the Army, Cpt. Stubenhoffer was certified as an Army Ranger and was a jump instructor. He earned a Bronze Star during his first tour in Iraq in 2003, then returned for a second tour. During this time, Cpt. Stubenhofer was promoted to company commander. His awards and decorations include a Meritorious Service Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, a Ranger Tab and Senior Parachutist Badge, among many others. Cpt. Stubenhofer was posthumously awarded second Bronze Star and Purple Heart Medals.
“He was a great kid. Mark was one of those kids who was very unselfish and would put the team ahead of his personal goals,” stated Ron Tugwell, Cpt. Stubenhofer’s high school baseball coach. “He was tenacious and hard working. I heard he could have taken a desk job, but he wanted to be out there with his men. That was the type of person Mark was.”
Two of Cpt. Stubenhoffer’s children are Folds of Honor Scholarship recipients.