U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville recognized three of Alabama’s fallen soldiers, one of whom is from Trussville, and their families for Memorial Day on Tuesday, May 16.
On the U.S. Senate floor, Senator Tuberville shared the story of Sergeant Jason Stegall of Trussville.
“From the age of 10, he knew he wanted to make a difference by joining our military. Even with injuries, and several near-death experiences, this desire to serve never wavered. Sergeant Stegall’s courage saved countless American lives,” said Senator Tuberville.
“On one occasion, he helped stop two suicide bombers from carrying out an attack on a U.S. military base in Iraq. Another time, he led his men away from an ambush—despite being shot just beneath his heart. Sergeant Stegall earned numerous awards for his heroism, including a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.”
Stegall passed away from a mission-related illness while serving on active duty at age 31.
“Ashley was left to cope with the loss of her teenage sweetheart, and having to raise three sons alone—including 10-month-old Landon. Ashley keeps Sergeant Stegall’s memory alive by reminding her sons about his sacrifice and belief in America.”
Sergeant Stegall is honored at the Trussville Veteran’s Memorial.
Senator Tuberville’s full remarks, including stories of the other veteran’s honored, can be viewed here.