U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 686-10
August 01, 2010
DOD Identifies Army Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Specialist Michael L. Stansbery, 21, of Mount Juliet, Tenneessee, died July 30, 2010, near Kandahar, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Micahael L. Stansbery was born on 17 January 1989 in San Diego, California. He attended Wilson Central High School in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, where he was a member of both the wrestling team and the Junior Reverve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). He graduated from High School in June 2007 and entered the United States Army in Septembeer of that year, eventually being assigned to Fort Campbell on April 2010. While there, he trained as a Technical Data Systems Specialist with the 101st Airborne Division.
Specialst Stansbery received the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Weapons Qualification, M4, expert.
After having previously served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Specialist Standbery was killed-in-action on 30 July 2010 near Kandahar, Afganistan, of injuries sustained when his unit was attacked by an improvised explosive device. Specialist Standbery was survived by his parents, Michael L. Stansbery, Sr. and Tammy Stansbery, and his sister Michelle Stansbery.
Specialist Stansbery was laid to rest with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery on 22 November 2010.
STANSBERY, MICHAEL L JR
- SPC US ARMY
- DATE OF BIRTH: 01/17/1989
- DATE OF DEATH: 07/30/2010
- BURIED AT: SECTION 60 SITE 9254
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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