Remembering Sergeant Stephen R. Paquinby Senator Jeanne Shaheen
Posted on 2015-01-09
SHAHEEN. Mr. President, today I have the solemn duty of
memorializing SGT Stephen R. Paquin, a soldier and native of Nashua,
NH, who passed away on December 16 at the age of 27. After serving two
tours in Afghanistan and a tour in Europe, Sergeant Paquin had recently
transitioned from active duty into the U.S. Army Reserves and was
training to become a drill sergeant with 1st Battalion, 304th Regiment
in Londonderry. Born and raised in Nashua by his parents Kenneth and
Paula alongside his brother Shawn, he was a graduate of the University
of New Hampshire and Nashua High School South, where in his senior year
Stephen was a member of the Purple Panthers 2005 State championship
Stephen will forever be a member of the special community of Americans who selflessly defend our country so that the rest of us may continue to live in peace and freedom. He bravely joined the military at a time when it was almost guaranteed that new recruits would be called on to serve in a dangerous warzone far from home. It is my hope that during this extremely difficult time, Stephen's family and friends will find comfort in knowing that Americans everywhere deeply appreciate his commitment to our Nation.
Stephen is survived by his parents, Kenneth and Paula, his brother Shawn D. Paquin, and Christine Smith of Waltham, MA, his grandmothers Gloria Paquin of Nashua and Carol Mulligan of Dracut, MA, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. This patriot will be missed by all.
On behalf of the people of New Hampshire, I ask my colleagues and all Americans to join me in honoring the life and service of this brave American, SGT Stephen Paquin.