Fallen Hero: Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 James Steve Oswalt


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Military Service Tribute, Honors, and Obituary 

Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on February 21, 2024, and has moved on to his heavenly home.  Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 James Steve Oswalt, age 73, who had served in the MSARNG within Det. 2 STARC, Cp. McCain,  and worked full time at McCain Training Site, has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord. 

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism, sacrifices, and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright, and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:  

Mr. James Steve Oswalt, 73, of Coffeeville, passed away Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at his residence.  He was born October 25, 1950 in Eupora to Jim and Louise Oswalt.  Steve felt a strong calling on his life to serve his country and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.  Following his time in the Marines, Steve joined and faithfully served in the Mississippi National Guard at Camp McCain and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer.  He was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church.  Steve was blessed with the ability to fix anything and used that ability to enjoy a successful career as a mechanic both in the military and in his civilian life.  An avid outdoorsman, Steve enjoyed fishing, hunting and riding his four-wheeler.

In accordance with his wishes, memorial service plans are private.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Oswalt; four sons, Michael Oswalt(Nichole) of Katy, TX, Keith Oswalt(Dawn) of Katy, TX, Heath Oswalt(Dawn) of Japan and Harold Lee(Marcia) of West Monroe, LA; two daughters, Angie Hodges of Savannah, GA and Valerie Lee of Coffeeville; one sister, Dorrine LeBlanc of Greenville; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Margaret Oswalt and brother, Jeff Oswalt.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.mckibbenandguinn.com.