Jonathan Stehle was born in Midland, Texas, but spend most of his formative years in Brady, Texas. He joined the Unites States Army in 2000 and was serving in Büdingen, Germany at the time of his death. He was 24.
Survivors include his parents Murry and Lanell Stehle of Bryan, Texas; sister and brother-in-law, Stacie & David Storrie of College Station; and brother, Steve Stehle of Abilene,Tx. Nieces Callie & Katie Storrie, Jade Stehle Bush and nephews, Jamie Storrie, Jaret Stehle Bush and Jason Bush.
Jonathan loved his family & friends and his job as a gunner for the M1A1 Abrams Tank. He was considered and expert in his field.
He is dearly missed, but would have been proud to give his life for his country.
Stories Re: Jon
Trying to save SPC. Jonathan A. Stehle.
My husband HeroBracelet says Spc. Jonathan C. Stehle, Texas, November 8, 2002
Here is our story:
My husband Joe was stationed in Buedingen Germany in 2001, under the 1st Armor division.Â We lived there for 4 years.Â On November 8th 2002, while Joe and his unit were at training on the south-eastern side of Germany there was a fatal tank accident. One of the tanks in my husbands troop had hit a sink hole and was half way submerged in water and mud trapping the driver. My husband and the rest of the soldiers jumped in the freezing cold water trying to save Spc. Jonathan Stehle. My husband was in the water for over 4 hours until he was forced out by someone in charge. My husband suffered severe hypothermia and couldn't feel his legs. That night Jonathan Stehle was not able to get out of his tank, as his tank filled up with water he lost his life. He died of hypothermia.Â He was 22 years old. When my hubby finally came to it he called me and told me that was hurt but that his legs were feeling better.Â We found out shortly after he came home from training that he wasn't ok. My husband has since been diagnosed with Complex regional Pain Syndrome, in plain English severe nerve damage in his legs. He was eventually put on medication to help with the pain, and now because of that he is able to walk and go to work everyday.Â None of the other soldiers involved were hurt physically only emotionally. Less then 6 months after the accident his unit was all shipped out to Iraq. His HeroBracelet on his key chain and the pain that comes in goes in his legs, will always be a reminder of Spc. Stehle. He would do it all over again if need be, because you don't leave a fallen soldier! My the memory of Jonathan live on!
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