• Branch: Army
  • Hometown/City: MILLTOWN, NJ
  • Date of Birth:
  • Date of Death: 03-03-2008
  • Conflict: Operation Enduring Freedom
  • Port/Base: FORT BRAGG, NC

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  • The moment that I knew you had died, my heart split in two. The one side filled with memories, the other died with you. I often lay awake at night, when the world is fast asleep And take a walk down memory lane, with tears upon my cheek Remembering you is easy, I do it every day But missing you is a heartache, that never goes away I hold you tightly within my heart, and there you will remain Life has gone on without you, but it never will be the same For those who still have their children, treat them with tender care You will never know the emptiness, as when you turn and they are not there Don't tell me that you understand, don't tell me that you know Don't tell me that I will survive, how I will surely grow Don't tell me this is just a test, that I am truly blessed That I am chosen for the task, apart from all the rest Don't come at me with answers, that can only come from me Don't tell me how my grief will pass, that I will soon be free Don't stand in pious judgment, of the bonds I must untie Don't tell me how to grieve, don't tell me when to cry Accept me in my ups and downs, I need someone to share Just hold my hand and let me cry, and say, "My friend, I care... Steven, I miss you with all my heart and soul... the tears STILL come... I remember the day you came into this world.. and I remember the day I found out you left this world.. My heart has been forever broken.. I am so very PROUD of you.. the courage you portrayed.. how unselfishly you gave to your country~~ May God Bless you Always.. you are never our of my thoughts... love mommy PS.. take good care of Lynneeeee for me, please.. she was so fragile.. give her a kiss on the cheek and a hug and tell her mommy loves and misses her too.. xoxox

    Christine Koch, Mother