The Warwick Advertiser
WARWICK—There is an extraordinary family from Warwick and it has recently been honored in a painting by well-known local artist Robert Fletcher.
“After last year’s Memorial Day parade and at the Stewart family picnic which followed,” recalled Fletcher, “I spent time with them and made some preliminary sketches and photos for this painting. The Stewarts are truly remarkable.”
The painting of the eight Stewart military servicemen, six of whom are retired, was completed during the fall.
“It’s a beautiful portrait and it hangs in my office,” said Lt. Col. James E. Stewart, Sr. who plans to travel from Fort Sill, Oklahoma to Warwick in time to participate in Memorial Day services.
Col. Stewart, interviewed by telephone, said he was pleased the painting was completed in time for him to send copies to his father and brothers for Christmas last year.
The Stewart family would also like to present Congressman Ben Gilman, whose 20th District includes Warwick, with a framed print of the painting for his office. They are hoping his schedule will permit him to be present at the May 27 parade and ceremonies.
Col. Stewart, the highest ranking member of the family, is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1985. A veteran of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm and a graduate of Command and General Staff College, he is currently assigned to the 4th Brigade, 75th Division as its Operations Officer. His numerous service medals and commendations include the prestigious Bronze Star. Col. Stewart has also earned the Parachutist Badge.
The senior member of the family is Sgt. Robert P. Stewart, Sr., a Korean War veteran. After basic training, he attended Airborne School, served in the 11th Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and retired from the Reserves in 1992.
Sgt. Robert P. Stewart, Jr., also retired, is a graduate of the U.S. Army Jump Master School. He is a veteran of Operation Fury (Grenada), Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Gunnery Sgt. Paul H. Stewart, Sr., now retired, joined the Marine Corps in 1975. He is also a Desert Shield and Desert Storm veteran. His son, Sgt. Paul H. Stewart, Jr., also a Marine, is currently assigned to Marine Corps Base, 29 Palms, California.
Retired Sgt. Timothy R. Stewart joined the Army in 1978. After serving in Germany, he returned to the States and was assigned to veterinary service, Fort Belvior, Virginia, until his retirement in 1995.
Sgt. Ralph H. Stewart served overseas in both Korea and Germany. His last assignment in 2001 was to the 1st Region, 2nd Brigade, ROTC Command.
Sgt. Alexander A. Stewart, retired for medical reasons, joined the Army in 1984. His overseas post included Korea and Germany. Sgt. Stewart was recently assigned to the National Guard’s Delta Company, 101 CAV in Newburgh.
Demonstrating and outstanding degree of patriotism and duty to country, the servicemen of the Stewart family have all served with pride and distinction and are the recipients of numerous awards, commendations and medals that are a permanent part of each man’s military record.
“I taught my family to always to the right thing and to serve their country with honor,” said Robert Stewart, Sr., “That’s the way I was brought up by my father, Alex Stewart. And, by the way, we’ll all be at the parade on Monday.”