A Marine's Story: Lance Corporal Dion James Stephenson

 


Lance Corporal Dion James Stephenson was born on December 19, 1968, in Las Vegas Nevada, his family would relocate to Bountiful Utah and Lance Corporal Stephenson attended Woods Cross High School where he was a member of the swim team, the soccer team, cross country, and track team, and performed with the drama club.  He turned down several scholarship opportunities to enlist in the US Marine Corps in 1988.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion 9th Marines and in August 1990 deployed to Saudi Arabia for the Gulf War.

On January 29, 1991, while on a recon mission, his light armored vehicle (LAV) came under fire, and Lance Corporal Stephenson was mortally wounded.  He rests at the Bountiful Utah City Cemetery.