DUXBURY, MA, US
1LT, CO B, 2ND BN, 87TH INF RGT, 3RD BDE COMBAT TEAM, FORT DRUM, NY
08/23/2011, KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
Army 1st Lieutenant Timothy J. Steele died August 23, 2011 of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. He and his unit were in Kandahar province, Afghanistan as they supported Operation Enduring Freedom. 1st LT Steele was twenty-five years old.
His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO Medal, the Air Assault Medal, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Parachutists Badge and the Ranger Tab.
Timothy Steele was a resident of Duxbury, Massachusetts. He was a member of Duxbury High School’s Class of 2004, a Patriot League all-star on High School cross-country team, on the swim team; and a regular on the school’s honor roll. In his last High School race he carried a flag around the track as a sign of honor to his country. Tim excelled as both a student and athlete, but most impressively as a role model and leader for those around him. He was president of his senior class and captain of the track. He was a 2009 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Soldiers who served under Lieutenant Steele remember him as a born leader easily followed with unquestioned loyalty and respect.
His community of Duxbury has begun an annual event to honor and remember him by instituting The Lieutenant Timothy Steele Memorial Golf Tournament and Banquet. He is survived by his wife, young daughter, parents and siblings.