Steven Stroub was born on April 29, 1947, in Austin, Minnesota. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on April 18, 1966, and completed Journalism School and Broadcast Specialist School at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. Stroub then served with the 42nd Public Information Detachment at Fort Benjamin Harrison until March 1967, when he was deployed to Southeast Asia. SP5 Stroub served as a Public Affairs Specialist and as a Broadcast Specialist with the 1st Cavalry Division and was detached to the American Forces Vietnam Network (AFVN) in Hue, South Vietnam, when he was captured by the Viet Cong on February 5, 1968. SP5 Stroub was executed shortly after his capture and his remains were recovered after the fighting.
His Bronze Star Medal for Valor Citation reads:
For heroism, not involving participation in aerial flight, in connection with military operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Specialist Five Stroub distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action on 4 February 1968, while serving as a radio broadcast specialist with 15th Administration Company during an enemy attack on the city of Hue, Republic of Vietnam. When his living quarters came under an enemy attack, Specialist Stroub repeatedly exposed himself to the hostile fire as he assisted in repulsing the enemy assault. Although having sustained a wound, he continued to engage the hostile force. While attempting to leave his exposed position, Specialist Stroub was mortally wounded. His display of personal bravery and devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.