My Hero. My Son. Staff Sgt. Michael A. Shank.

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Shankdawg - (Vanilla Gorilla)  was in the Army.

He had been to Bosnia two times.

Along with being at Johnson Island, Hawaii

For a year.(2000) In Iraq and then in Afghanistan

There is a page about my son and his Army life

Where to start? At his start or now?

His start I guess

He came into my life in June of 1975.

In the State of Minnesota.

And He left my life November 28, 2006

We have lived in Michigan, Minnesota, and Texas.

I am happy to say he did good in school.

He attended high school in Dodd City, Texas.

Upon graduation, in 1994, he worked for the City of Bonham Water Department.

He joined the Army in Feb 1996 as Military Police.

Went to FT. McCellan, Alabama for

basic training and AIT.

Reported to FT. Bragg, NC June 1996.

He went to the 65th

MP CO ABN. Deployed to Bosnia

(Camp Kime, Camp Colt) July 96' to April 97'

Went to Airborne School Ft. Bening, GA, Aug-Sep 97'

Went to the 21st MO CO ABN Jan 98.

Went back to Bosnia (Tuzla Main) March 98' to Aug 98'

Went to Johnston Island, HI.

Dec 99' to Dec 00'

Reenlisted for three years March 99'

Went to Primary Leadership

Development Course Oct 00'

Jan 00' to Dec 2002 Ft. Sill, OK.

Dec 2002 to sometime in 2005

Kasiserslautern, Germany

In 2004 he went to Iraq

Then back to Germany for a year

Then to Afghanistan, where he gave his

life while serving his country on

November 28, 2006. He was killed in Logar Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive

device detonated near their vehicle during combat


SCHOOLS: Combat Lifesaver Course, Airborne School, Ardmore School, PLDC

AWARDS: Army service ribbon, Overseas Ribbon (2), Armed Forces Service Medal (2)

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Nato Medal (2), Good Conduct Medal, Army

Achievement Medal (1 OLC), Army Commendation Medal, Noncommissioned Officer

Development Ribbon, Army Superior Unit Award

Reenlisted 3-13-02 again.Then again in the spring of 2006.

His commendations.

1. Army Commendation Medal      2. Army Achievement Medal      3. Good Conduct Medal

4.Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal     5. Armed Forces Service Medal       6. NCO Professional Development Ribbon   7. Army Service Ribbon     8. Overseas Service Ribbon     9. NATO Medal  10. Army Superior Unit Award

Here's a link to Michaels page.<