Diplomatic Exchange

Man and Moment: Steve Flaherty - A Voice Returned

By Amy Shumaker

Image of Steve Flaherty coming out of plane in military jump school.

Steve Flaherty was living in a Japanese orphanage when he was adopted at age 9 by American parents. He grew to become an All-American student and athlete in Columbia, South Carolina.  Feeling fortunate for the life he was given in the United States, Steve felt a strong desire to give back to the country he now called home.  Despite a promising baseball career, he volunteered for service to fight in Vietnam and joined the 101st Airborne Division.