Steven Russell PeckWarrant Officer
D TROOP, 3RD SQDN, 5TH CAVALRY, 5 INF DIV
Army of the United States
06 November 1949 - 15 March 1971
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The database page for Steven Russell Peck
Steven Russell Peck was our first child and his death in combat broke our hearts. The only thing that pulled us through was our knowledge that he was a Christian and that we would see him again. That and our other two children were the comforts that saw us through.
The knowledge that Steven was doing what he wanted to do and had chosen to do by enlisting gave us strength also. He and his younger brother had played war games all of their youth. They loved Battleship, Strategy, Stalingrad, and all sorts of games which used military strategy as their background. He had won scholarships in his high school and could have gone on to college but he chose instead to enlist before he graduated, finished classes on Thursday, and left for the service on the following week. He said he felt he had a duty to serve his country and would go to college after he got back.
He excelled in his military career, going through Intelligence School, Vietnamese language school, helicopter training, etc. He was good enough that it was suggested that he stay at Fort Bliss and train further helicopter pilots but he refused, saying he didn't feel qualified to train them to fly in combat when he had no actual experience. He wrote us letters while in Vietnam saying that he still felt he was doing the right thing. His many medals tells us that he did his job of flying helicopters in combat well. His family is very proud of his life and proud that he gave his life fighting for the nation he loved.
His favorite poem was "IF" by Rudyard Kipling and his favorite song had lyrics which spoke of 'reaching the unreachable star'. This typified my son and his very life. He is gone but will live on forever in our hearts. Terry, my son, took me to see Steve's name on the Vietnam Memorial in DC just two weeks ago for the fourth time. It is the nearest thing to once again being able to touch my Steve.....
From his mother,
Steve was much beloved by his family. He was a good boy and man,
I remember when his grandmother bought his first pair of
I was 13 when Steve was born. When he was about two years of age
Later, when I was a single mother and went out for an evening
Although his family has missed him all these years since 1971,
His Aunt Mary
Mary L. Terry
A Note from The Virtual WallWarrant Officer Steven Peck served with with D Troop, 3/5 Cavalry, at that time operating in Quang Tri Province adjacent to the DMZ. According to the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots' Association database, WO Peck had qualified as an instructor pilot and was giving an in-country checkride to CW2 Richard Rossiter. While flying near the Rockpile north of Cam Lo Peck was hit by .51 caliber gunfire. Although Rossiter brought the aircraft back to base, WO Peck died from his injury.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 06 Jun 2007
Last updated 08/10/2009