RALLY :WAWA @ Sumneytown PK & RT 63 Kulpsville, Pa
TIME: 1200 HOURS
We have been asked to stand a flag line at the 25th Annual SGT Charles Michael Steadman Memorial Golf Tournament. This event, in its 25th year, honors the memory of SGT Steadman, who was taken away from us tragically in an automobile accident and as you can read below, the tournament supports four scholarships and supports the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Fisher House, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Ronald McDonald House for military families and the Wounded Warriors. .
Our flag line is to be in place at 1300 hours for the opening ceremony and singing of the National anthem. We, the WWR and A Hero’s Welcome will honor Sgt Steadman’s memory, and we will thank Chris for Honoring His Brother.
Here is a short bio on our HERO:
SGT Charles Michael Steadman Jr., a veteran of the armed forces of the United States of America, was killed in a car accident outside Fort Campbell, Kentucky on August 31, 1993. His wife was critically injured and is still recovering in the York, PA area. His family and friends to keep his memory alive established the CMS Foundation weeks after his death. Supported by donations and an Annual Golf Tournament, it finances four scholarships and supports the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Fisher House, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Ronald McDonald House for military families and the Wounded Warriors.
The scholarships are established at Lock Haven University, Pennsylvania Army National Guard Units at the Spring City Armory, C.T.E. Allied Health Programs at Montgomery and Chester County and also Phoenixville Area High School. The scholarships are given to students who demonstrate the traits and accomplishments similar to Michael. The Army National Guard scholarship is given to a Soldier/Student continuing their education while serving in the US Armed Forces. The Lock Haven University scholarship is given to a graduating Lock Haven University student who demonstrates academic and service excellence and is entering Lock Haven’s Physician’s Assistant Program. The Phoenixville Area High School and C.T.E. Allied Health Program scholarships are given to a graduating senior who demonstrated academic, athletic and service excellence and who will attend a school of higher learning in a health related field.
Michael was born in Statesville, North Carolina and grew up in Crofton, Maryland then Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. He attended Phoenixville Area High School and was a standout place-kicker on the football team. He was very active in community service work and was a friend to all who knew him. He was a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club and was involved in their many community service projects. Michael volunteered as a trainer for his high school football teams and instructed the specialty teams. Michael was of good Christian faith, kind, good-hearted, generous, had a great sense of humor, and always willing to help others. Michael cared about people and he loved his country. Michael served six years at the Pennsylvania Army National Guard Armory, Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 213th Air Defense Artillery located in Spring City, PA before enlisting into the United States Army at Ft. Campbell, KY.
Michael graduated from Lock Haven University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Allied Health Science. He was a certified personal trainer and an emergency medical technician (EMT). He was extremely active in Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and spent many hours helping others through their community service work. He and his wife, Stephanie, were married on June 21, 1993, four days after Michael’s 29th birthday.
Michael was stationed at 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky with the Medic Platoon, Headquarters Co., 3rd Battalion, and 502nd Infantry Regiment. He was a platoon leader and assigned to the Scout Platoon (better known as the Recon Unit) because of his extraordinary physical ability and knowledge of the human body. He was an outstanding soldier and cared about his fellow soldiers. He was scheduled to start Ranger School in October 1993 when this tragic event occurred. Michael was a graduate of the Air Assault School while stationed at Fort Benning, GA. Also he graduated at the Combat Medic School, Advanced Individual Training (AIT): Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He earned the National Defense Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, and Air Assault Badge. He was an expert in rifle, pistol, and grenade. He was awarded the Army Achievement Commendation Medal for saving Soldiers lives during his mission in Puerto Rico.
This hero’s legacy is kept alive by his brother Chris, by remembering him every year at this golf tournament. The event will be held on June 16th, 2018, at the Lederach Golf Club, in Harleysville Pa.