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In Loving Memory of CPL Stephen W. Castner

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I am a:
A Family of a Fallen Hero
What is the name of your/our Hero
Stephen Castner
What is the City & State your Fallen Hero is from?
Cedarburg, WI
Whcih branch of Service was the Veteran in?
National Guard
Were you or are you in the Sevice now?
If yes, which branch
Where do you live
Cedarburg, WI

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Cindy Anderson's Poetry

I became aware of Cindy's booklet of poetry at the April event in Milwaukee. Later I got several copies from her that I have given to special friends. Cindy's work is wonderful and very meaningful for all of us. I encourage you to contact Jim and Cindy to get your copy.
Kay Castner

Posted on July 3, 2009 at 10:06am

Cedarburg Flags

Thursday, May 21, 2009, Webster Transitional School in Cedarburg, Wisconsin held its annual Flag ceremony to honor all the Wisconsin soldiers who have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The students raise a flag for each soldier, and all of the students place individual flags at the base of the the large flag. There are three photos of the flags in an album on our page. It is a touching ceremony put together by some wonderful teachers.

Kay Castner

Mother of CPL Stephen W.… Continue

Posted on May 22, 2009 at 4:50pm

BT-RO Run for the Fallen

Judith, Joe and all their helpers staged a spectacular day at Wood National Cemetery with Milwaukee's Run for the Fallen. The weather was magnificent, but being with so many special people was even better. The Castners are looking forward to next year's walk. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Kay Castner
Mother of Stephen KIA Iraq 7-24-06

Posted on August 24, 2008 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Comment Wall (7 comments)

At 10:09am on September 30, 2008, Michael Weaver said…
~ Mr & Mrs Castner ~ I have just viewed the photos that you have on the BTRO site about Stephen. I was deeply touched. We have met on two prior occasions. The last time was at the Goldstar Family Conference last spring in Appleton. I pray that the Good Lord has you in his care, and that Stephen is at peace in heaven. Know that I pray for you and all Goldstar families daily. I also keep Stephen and all of the American Fallen in my thoughts/prayers each day. May God bless you. With deepest regards, Michael Weaver, Patriot Guard, Sr. Ride Cpt, N.E.WI.~ Army Medic, Vietnam, 1968-69 ~
At 10:11am on September 30, 2008, Michael Weaver said…
At 10:57am on April 21, 2009, Michael Weaver said…
Mr & Mrs. Castner ~ It was so good to see both of you at the Goldstar Family Conf last weekend in Milwaukee. It was our EXTREME honor to stand out of RESPECT for Stephen and ALL of Wisconsin's FALLEN heroes. Best regards, Michael Weaver, Patriot Guard, SRC, N.E.WI. ~ Army Medic, Vietnam, 1968-69 ~
At 8:33am on October 30, 2009, Judith Singer-Founder of BT-RO said…
Wouldn't be the same without you there. L-J
At 1:30pm on January 23, 2010, Joshua Adam Lozier (SGT) said…
yes maam
At 5:10pm on February 28, 2010, Joshua Adam Lozier (SGT) said…
if u look in my album u will see a photo of me standing next to a hmmwv s open door. i am approx. 100 ft from the spot where cas gave his last full measure of devotion. we never got used to passing that spot. thanks for contactin the people yall did after it happened. it saved more soldiers lives. its just a shame it took what it did for the 121 to listen
At 12:25am on August 27, 2010, SGT. Ballard said…
"To the family of Spc. Stephen Castner,

I am deeply sorry for your loss. Not a day goes by that I do not think about Castner and the sacrifice that he made for his country. Although you do not know me, I was Steve's flight medic on that day, outside of Tallil. My Dustoff crew (C Co. 3/126 Air Ambulance) responded to his unit's Medevac call, with Vorphol and the other soldiers that were with him. I came accross this page while searching for his name online. If you ever wish to contact me directly, I have a profile here on under Sgt. Ballard and my email is ( My thoughts and prayers are with you always.

Sgt.Ballard U.S. Army - Flight Medic - Retired"

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