“Forever Loved, Never Forgotten”

The Navy Gold Star Program is eternally grateful for the sacrifice of those Service Members who have died in service to our country. To help us to never forget, we have set up this tribute page to honor and remember the memory of those lives. If you would like to honor the memory of your Sailor, Soldier, Marine, Airman or Coast Guardsman through the Navy Gold Star website please submit your thoughts and a photo.

Saunders was born in Hampton, Virginia, to Nelson and Linda Saunders Charity. He received his education at Wythe Elementary, Lindsay Middle School, Bethel High Schooland Hampton High School, where he was a member of JROTC. He joined the U.S. Navy in January 1998 and was a Plank Owner aboard the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). He then was stationed aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) which, during his tour, conducted extensive operations in the Persian Gulf. He re-enlisted and was assigned to the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department at Norfolk, Virginia, for shore duty. Saunders leaves behind his wife Stephanie and daughters Sierra and Savannah.