|Birth: ||Feb. 17, 1979|
|Death: ||Apr. 4, 2004, Iraq|
Army Spc. Stephen D. Hiller, 25, of Opelika, Alabama died on April 4, 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq, when his unit was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. He had been deployed overseas on March 12.
Spc. Hiller attended Opelika High School before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1998. After serving for two years, he left the army, but chose to re-enlist in 2001.
After completing his basic training at Ft. Benning, Ga., and before becoming an infantryman, he was selected to serve in the “Old Guard” Honor Guard at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., a very prestigious position for a soldier.
The Opelika native served in the Alabama National Guard during 2001 and 2002, while he was in between Army tours.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Opelika. During the summer months he would volunteer to go to Mexico to build homes for the poor.
Dusty adored his children and loved to tinker with a 1969 Ford truck that had been a project for him and his father.
According to his mother, “Dusty” believed in what he was doing by serving his country. "He was a true soldier," she said. "He volunteered for the mission he was on. If I had to choose a way for him to go, this would have been it. He was a military career man and I am very proud of him."
Garden Hills Cemetery
Created by: Millennium Memorials
Record added: May 24, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8819844
SPC. U.S. Army. Operation Iraq Freedom. 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. My respects Sir.|
Added: Apr. 4, 2016
Added: Feb. 9, 2016
I'm sorry, soldier, that you had to leave us so soon...God has plans that we cannot fathom in this world....we will all know when we go "home". Rest in peace, and thank you for your service.|
Added: Aug. 17, 2015
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