We were praying for his safety, but God moved differently. We trust God's judgment, but we don't care much for his time schedule. But we have real peace.... We're confident we'll see him again, and that beautiful smile of his, in heaven.
— Dana Stewart, father
Stewart, the son of missionaries, joined the Marines three days after graduating from high school. He completed boot camp the week of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
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