Gold Star Mother’s Day is observed on the last Sunday in September which will be Sunday, September 27, 2020 this year. Gold Star Mother’s Day is intended to recognize and honor those mothers who have lost a son or daughter in the service of the U.S. Armed Forces.

The Members of The Fortunato Veterans o Foreign Wars Post 545 in Beverly, honored our Gold Star Mother Betty Crawford who lost her son Stephen Fortunato in Afghanistan.


Age: 25
Branch: U.S. Army
Rank: Specialist
Unit: 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division
Station: Fort Hood, TX

Fallen on: October 14, 2008
Location: Qazi Bandeh, Afghanistan
Campaign: Operation Enduring Freedom

Medals & Commendations: Purple Heart, National Defense, Afghanistan Campaign, Global War on Terror

Commander Paul Lantz, Gold Star Mother Betty Crawford, Jerry Guilebbe

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