SSG. MICHAEL G. OWEN - U.S. Army
Hometown / City: PHOENIX, AZ MARICOPA
Date of Death: Friday, October 15, 2004
Conflict: Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq)
Branch: U.S. Army
Rank: Staff Sgt.
Unit: B CO, 9TH PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS BN, 4TH PSYOP GRP, FORT BRAGG, NC 28307
Birth: Sep. 24, 1973
North Carolina, USA
Death: Oct. 15, 2004, Iraq
Staff Sgt. Michael G. Owen of Phoenix, Ariz., joined the Army in 1992 and completed the psychological operations specialist course at Fort Bragg in 2002. He had a passion for law enforcement and was living out his dreams in the Army, where he found camaraderie with other soldiers and received a real world education. He took pride in everything he did and he loved his job. He got where he wanted to be because he worked hard at it. During his tenure in the Army, Michael served in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Haiti before he was sent to Iraq six weeks prior to his death. He spoke four languages, including French and Bosnian, and met his wife of three years at Fort Bragg. He was quiet, he was reserved, he was modest and he was humble. He was always so respectful of anyone he came in contact with, never boasted about what he was doing. His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Senior Parachutist Badge. The Bronze Star will be awarded posthumously. He died in a car-bomb explosion in a town near the Syrian border at age 31. Michael's ashes were spread on the peak of Lookout Mountain in north Phoenix, a wish he expressed to his wife before heading to Iraq.
9th Psychological Operations Battalion
4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne)
Fort Bragg, N.C.
Cremated, Ashes scattered.