Steve Patrick Blass

Location: Estherville, IA
EOW:3/11/2013
Rank: Army- SSG Staff Sergeant
Recipient: Tricia Anne Blass
Received: Mortgage
Circumstance: KIA in Afghanistan when a helicopter crashed during NVG training

Location: Estherville, IA • EOW:3/11/2013 • Rank: Army- SSG Staff Sergeant • Recipient: Tricia Anne Blass • Received: Mortgage • Circumstance: KIA in Afghanistan when a helicopter crashed during NVG training

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SSG Staff Sergeant Steven Patrick Blass began his career with the United States Army in March of 2006.  He completed his basic training at Fort Jackson, his AIT training at Fort Eustis, and was first stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and Clarksville, Tennessee. 

Known as one of the most humble human beings you could meet and would do anything for you that was within his capabilities. A strong, level-headed mentor who could solve any problem thrown his way. 

He married Tricia Anne Stayer in May of 2009, three years after his basic training.  After they were married, Blass was deployed to Camp Humphries, Korea.  His wife joined him there in February of 2010, and the two stayed there until he was re-stationed to Savannah, Georgia in August of 2011.  Three months later, their son Hayden Cole was born. 

In December of 2012, Blass was deployed with Company B, 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation to Kandahar, Afghanistan.  On March 11th, 2013, he was killed in a helicopter crash along with four other members of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force.  The crash was exactly seven years since the day he left for his basic training. 

His military honors include Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (2), National Defence Service Medal,

Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/Bronze Service Star (3), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defence Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Basic Aviation Badge, Parachutist Badge, Basic Combat and Special Skill Badge, Basic Marksmanship Badge and Bar. Rank: SSG, Weapon: Rifle Expert.

He is survived by his wife, Tricia, and son, Hayden. Also, his parents, Carol and Randy Blass and brother Matthew Blass

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