CORDELE, GA, US
U.S. Marine Corps
CPL, 2D BN 9TH MAR, (RCT-1, I MEF FWD), 2D MAR DIV, CAMP LEJEUNE, NC
10/06/2010, LANDSTUHL, GERMANY
“You will always be in our hearts. You have done so many amazing things in your life, not just for yourself but everyone you came upon and it will never be forgotten. Love you.”
The above is a post from a loved one on Stephen’s Facebook page. Stephen was a 21-year-old Marine serving his country in Afghanistan. He was from Cordele, Georgia.
Stephen graduated from Crisp County High School in 2007 where he was a member of the JROTC and joined the Marines after graduation. He completed his basic training at Parris Island, SC and had been named the Marine Of The Quarter. He was married to Brittany Barton also a graduate of Crisp County Hugh. On Stephen’s Facebook page, friends and loved ones have been posting their condolences and sharing their sentiments.
“There is so much I could say about him, but I just can’t right now,” said Sockalosky’s grandfather, Roy Porter.
We mourn with the family and friends of this wonderful young man. May God hold this family close and bring them every comfort and peace. Stephen, we thank you for your service to our country and for being willing to make the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf. We pray that Almighty God will make each of us worthy of that sacrifice and we pray that none will every forget you and those like you who have paid it on our behalf. Rest in peace now, your work is done.
Stephen was injured after stepping on an IED; he survived the explosion and was transported to a hospital in Germany. His wife, mother and grandmother were flown there to be with him. He succumbed to the injuries the morning after their arrival on October 6, 2010.
He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, out of Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Stephen is survived by his wife, Brittany Barton Sockalosky, his mother, Carolyn and Mark Adsit, his father, William Stephen and Traci Sockalosky, brothers, Zachary Sockalosky and Trace Sockalosky; three sisters, Kimberlee Adsit and Caitlin Sockalosky and Samantha Sockalosky, maternal grandparents, Pauline and Roy and Harold and Norma Mosley; paternal grandmother, Sharon Sockalosky; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Edward D. Sockalosky.