Heroes of Texoma: Stephen Boatwright

Heroes of Texoma: Stephen Boatwright

BURKBURNETT, TX (KAUZ) - Newschannel 6 continues to shine a light on the "Heroes of Texoma." Wednesday we recognized U.S. Navy Lt. Stephen Boatwright. 
    Stephen graduated from Burkburnett High School in 1994. But after getting his diploma his mother said he wasn't using his full potential.


    "I had tried to get him into the reserves, I had tried to get interested in this, we'd taken him here taken him there and nothing had interested him," Sallye Whitsitt, Stephen's mother said.


    But one day in 1995 Stephen and a friend went to see the movie Crimson Tide. That film changed his mind.


    "That night after they got out of the movie they went to the Navy without even saying a word to me, they went to the Navy recruiter and both of them joined the Navy," Sallye said.


    From there Stephen went through basic training, but due to a misspelling on his ticket and a government shutdown he almost did not make it to his first assignment. That's when his mother put a call into Congressman Mac Thornberry.


    "I called his office and within 15 minutes he had his tickets and was on his way," Sallye said.


    Lt. Boatwright's first assignment was on the U.S.S. Tunney in Pearl Harbor. He was part of the decommissioning of that submarine. 
    His Navy career has taken him all over the country and also overseas.


    He is now serving as the Weapons Officer for Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bangor, Washington. He was recently selected for Lieutenant Commander and will be promoted on September 1st.


    "I am so proud of him and everything he does. I'm worried about him. I pray for him every night, but I am so proud of him," Sallye said.

If someone you know is deserving of the spotlight for our "Heroes of Texoma" segment send us an E-mail with contact information and any photos you may have to News@KAUZ.com

Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6

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