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  • Date of Birth:9/11/1948
  • Date of Casualty:5/12/1969
  • Home of Record:MARYSVILLE
  • County of Record:YUBA COUNTY
  • State:CA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Row:25W, 65
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NGAI


  • Date of Birth:1/4/1947
  • Date of Casualty:5/12/1969
  • Home of Record:TRENTON
  • County of Record:MERCER COUNTY
  • State:NJ
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Row:25W, 65
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM


is honored on Panel 25W, Row 63 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Leave a Remembrance


  • For Whom The Bell Tolls

    Posted on 5/22/16 - by DEBORAH J ROLDAN (Smith)
    I lived across the street from Petie for most of my life. He was a dear friend and his family has always been like my own. Our mothers were the best of friends. At the request of his sister Linda, I wrote an article in Petie's memory which was published in the Garfield Log. I will never forget you, the day of your death and your funeral remains in my memories as one of the saddest.
  • To Petie

    Posted on 4/29/16 - by
    You were one of my best friends, we went out together with Boonie, Gabriel.
    We were on the swim team and , football. Team.
    I still think of you alot. I take flowers to you, Gabriel and Mike. I wished we could have have BBQs and talk about the good old Garfield days.
    I will always go visit you and the guys.
    I tell my son, always appreciate your friends.
    I miss you alot ,
    I pray for you, Gabriel and Mike and always will, and take you all flowers.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/25/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 Stephen Wayne De Aro, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Thank you

    Posted on 7/13/13
    Hello my name is Gavin Wayne De Aro. Son of Matt De Aro. I am often asked why my middle name is "Wayne". I am proud to explain to everyone who asks that I was given the middle name Wayne in honor of Steven Wayne De Aro. Steven is a true hero and his sacrifice will never be forgotten.
  • Familiy sacrifice

    Posted on 9/18/12 - by

    I was in the 25th Inf Div. Viet Nam in '69 when word got home about Stephen. My parents thought the newspaper had made a mistake when they read the news and thought it was me. My name is Matt De Aro and would like to communicate with his family. Although I never met him,..I was priviledged to speak to his Mom for awhile at a Dearo reunion some years back. I fly a black ribbon on my flag whenever I have a chance to fly the colors...and in the last Veteran's Day parade,...I had his photo on my truck as we paraded down the streets of San Fernando.


    Posted on 5/7/12 - by Hilda De Aro
    I am Steve's wife Hilda. We met at a party in High School and were a couple for 5 yrs. before he was drafted. He asked me to marry him and we were married on November 16, 1968. We had one week together as a married couple then he was gone. He was the love of my life and no one has ever compared to him. I LOVE YOU STEVE ALWAYS AND FOREVER UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN.
  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 3/21/11
    Rest in peace with the warriors. (Photo Credit: Pat Guthrie)
  • We Remember

    Posted on 3/3/11 - by Robert Sage
    Stephen is buried at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, Montebello, Los Angeles County,CA.

    Posted on 9/6/04 - by Chris Spencer
    It is said a man hasn't died as long as he is remembered. This prayer is a way for families, friends and fellow veterans to remember our fallen brothers and sisters. Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die
  • Friends Forever

    Posted on 11/17/03 - by George Torres
    I really miss you my friend. I somtimes listen to music that reminds me of the days at Garfield and the things we use to do. We use to drive Mr. Heaps crazy. As much as I talk about you to my kids, they know all about you. Now I tell my grandchildren about my friend Petie.
  • One good friend

    Posted on 8/26/03 - by Rudy Estrada HHT 3/11 ACR 1968, 69
    The least I could do to honor this great young man is to have named my only son after him.
  • We honored you today

    Posted on 5/29/00 - by Jose A Verduzco, sr
    Petie, we honored you today. You have a place in our hearts and at the Local Memorial Park. I told my sister how we played football together and that you were quite a guy. I was shocked when I found out you were KIA. I went to Nam in 69 and was WIA after only 28 days in country. I still remember how fast you run and you distinct laugh. You are not forgotten, Brother. God Bless you, Petie. Jose

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