From a contemporary press report
Provided by Judy Campbell, February 2000
Army Private First Class Stephen D. Gavin, 20, a 1966 Virginia State wrestling champion while at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia, was killed Wednesday in the collision of a car and a tow truck near Emporia, Virginia, while returning to Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Private Gavin, who was born in Bethesda, Maryland, lived at 6240 North 12th Street, Arlington. He played football at Washington-Lee and later at Flint Hill Preparatory School. He was Virginia wrestling champion in the 180 pound class.
He graduated from Washington-Lee in 1966.
A member of the 118th Military Police Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, at Fort Bragg, Private Gavin had been in the Army for a year and a half.
Besides his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John D. Gavin, he leaves three brothers, John R., Jeffrey C., and Christopher K., and two sisters, Janet C., and Barbara A., all of the home, and his grandmother, Mrs. Beulah N. Harshfield of Washington.
Friends may call after 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Robert J. Murphy Funeral Home in Falls Church, where prayers will be said at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
A requiem mass be be offered at 10 a.m. Monday at Saint Ann's Catholic Church, 5310 12th Street, Arlington, with burial following at Arlington National Cemetery.
GAVIN, STEPHEN D
- PFC USA
- DATE OF BIRTH: 06/30/1948
- DATE OF DEATH: 05/07/1969
- BURIED AT: SECTION 53 SITE 2860
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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