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Moultrie remembers a fallen soldier

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

July 19, 2008

MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - An emotional service was held on Saturday evening for a fallen south Georgia soldier.

Family and friends gathered at Moultrie's courthouse square to celebrate and honor the life of Sergeant Steve McCoy.

It is the first name to be added to the Iraqi war memorial on Courthouse grounds in Moultrie.

"He was born to be a soldier, he was just one of these kids who had it in his soul," Lt. Col. Paul J. Nagy, U.S. Army.

Both those who knew Sargent McCoy, and those who wanted to honor the fallen soldier, were at his memorial in the town square. Honoring him for the good fight he fought.

"Steve McCoy wasn't know by most of these people from Moultrie that showed up today. The fact that he was willing to put his life in harms way, and to make the ultimate scarface for the sake of freedom and democracy, says an awful lot about the young man himself," Senator Saxby Chambliss, (R) Georgia.

McCoy died in June from injuries he suffered three months before in an Iraq roadside bombing.

"I still to this day do not know the precise details of what happened that day but I have heard from several soldiers that were in his unit that when I went up to his funeral last month that when they first got hit he was trying to help the other guys in the HUM-V.

Those who knew him best spoke highly of the 23 year old husband and father.

"Steve was by far the greatest person to ever walk into my life," said Tabitha McCoy, Soldier's Wife.

His four year old twins, and his wife unveiled his name on the memorial, never forgetting the good times they once had.

"He would look at me with that little goofy grin and of course I would just start laughing because that was just Steve," said McCoy.

His wife recalled one of the last moments with her husband.

"And one of the last things he said to me was don't cry from me baby, don't you cry, I have another job to do. I'm blessed that I not only got a chance to spend seven years with him physically, but I now have him for the rest of my life," said McCoy.

Sargent Steve McCoy was buried next to his Grandfather, who also served in the military.

McCoy was honored earlier this week at Fort Stewart where a tree was planted in his memory on the base's warrior walk.

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