Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Bossier City Soldier killed in Afghanistan

I'll just reprint the official announcement today.  We will have more information about this hero in a day or two.
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Staff Sgt. Michael J. Garcia, 27, of Bossier City, La., died July 4 in Logar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 63rd Ordnance Battalion, 52nd Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), 20th Support Command (CBRNE), Fort Polk, La.


  1. God Bless this brave soldier and his family.

  2. God bless them, and comfort them.

    Michael was a friend of my #2 son at BHS. They were in the same class. I've known the family for years.

    Fine people.

    Our prayers and love to the entire Garcia family. Father David, sisters Cindy, Debbie, Amanda, brothers Jason, and Richard, and to your spouses, and children...we love you all.

    Where do we find such people?

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Garcia family. May God carry them through this difficult time.

  4. My the Lord hold the Garcia Family close during time, SSG Garcia is truly a hero!

  5. Psalm 56:8 tells us that God Himself will keep note of our tears.. "Thou has kept count of my tossings, put thou my tears in thy bottle. Are they not in thy book?"

    With each tear shed, may Michael's family feel the very real presence of God who knows what it's like to lose a son.

  6. It must be very difficult to outlive your children and I know it is not much comfort, but I know that God has made a special place in heaven for this soldier, for he sacrificed everything for the ones he knew and loved and also for total strangers.

    I know he will be missed very much. I can only hope that God comforts the family in their time of need.

  7. I agree with anoymous...God Bless this brave soldier for giving his life for our country

  8. SSG Michael Garcia, my brother in arms, I salute you, may you rest in peace. May God comfort your family in their sorrow.

    G.R. US Army (ret.)

  9. My heartfelt sympathy and appreciation to the Garcia family for their loved-one's service and sacrifice.

  10. No greater sacrifice for this young man and his family and friends....my sincere and heartfelt feelings go out to each of them...I will continue to keep them in my thoughts and prayers...Pat Burchett

  11. Funeral info via Facebook:

    UPDATE via Michael's FB Page: Funeral update: Michael is arriving in Shreveport on Monday, July 11, 2011. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 12 at Boone Funeral home on Airline Dr. in Bossier City from 4-8pm. Funeral services will be wednesday July 13 at 10am @ St. John Berchman's cathedral in shreveport.

  12. Thanks for putting out the word, Pat.


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