Michael B. Stack 

                    
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Sgt. Maj. Michael B. Stack

 KIA Sunday 11 April 2004 in 

Al Anbar Province, Iraq

Company C, 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, 

based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky

Special Forces Condolences Book

Wednesday, April 14, 2004 

Sgt. Maj. Michael B. Stack

48

a Special Forces 

Company Sergeant Major assigned to 

Company C, 2nd Battalion

5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Fort Campbell, Ky., was killed in Iraq April 11 when his convoy was ambushed near Baghdad. 

Special Forces Soldier killed in Iraq

U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs Office 

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, April 14, 2004) — An Army Special Forces Soldier was killed in Iraq April 11 when his convoy was ambushed near Baghdad.

Sgt. Maj. Michael B. Stack, 48, a Special Forces company sergeant major assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Campbell, Ky., was fatally wounded when the convoy was attacked with small arms fire during a patrol.

Stack, a native of Lake City, S.C., enlisted in the Army in 1975 and served in a number of Special Forces assignments with the 3rd, 5th and 10th Special Forces Groups, as well as the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Soldiers from 5th SFG have been serving in Iraq since Operation Iraqi Freedom began in March 2003.

Stack’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge and the Special Forces tab.

Stack is survived by his wife, Victoria Suzanne; his daughters, Jillian, Milissa and Virginia; and his sons, David, William and Bryan.


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Army Sgt. Maj. Michael B. Stack, a former Lake City resident and a father of five, was remembered Tuesday as a devout Christian and family man who loved fishing and Southern cooking.

Stack, a 48-year-old Special Forces soldier, died Sunday in Iraq when his convoy was ambushed, according to his brother Cecil Stack Jr. 

"We were best friends. No matter where we were in the world, we found a way to talk to one another," Cecil Stack Jr., who is retired from the Army, told The Post and Courier. "Throughout my career, I looked to Mike for guidance even though he was my younger brother."

Sgt. Maj. Michael Stack (left) 

is shown with his nephew,

 Jonathan Stack (top center), 

the son of 

Cecil Stack Jr. (right) 

and Michael's father, 

Cecil Stack, 

in 1999, after Jonathan completed his basic training. 

Stack, a 1974 South Florence High School graduate, was based in Fort Campbell, Ky. His brother, who was en route there Tuesday, said the family was waiting for the U.S. Department of Defense to release more information about Stack's unit and what he was doing at the time of his death.

As of late Tuesday, the Defense Department still had not posted an official release on its Web site regarding Stack's death. A spokesman at Fort Campbell also would not release any information.

Cecil Stack Jr. recalled his brother's strong Christian faith, which he said led to the formation of a prayer group with other soldiers in his unit in Iraq. Cecil Stack Jr. said his brother was devoted to his five children, the youngest 3 years old. He said his brother also had three grandchildren.

Cecil Stack Jr. said his brother recently earned a college degree, which he hoped would help him land a job when he left the military. He also loved to fish and was an excellent cook with a flair for Southern cuisine.

"I'll miss his fried turkey at Thanksgiving. I'll miss his jalapeno corn bread," said Cecil Stack Jr., who last talked to his brother about 10 days before he died.

Despite the mounting violence in Iraq, Cecil Stack Jr. said his brother's faith in the country's mission never wavered. "I asked him about the situation and he said, 'We are doing the right thing,'" Cecil Stack Jr. said. " 'We are making a change here.' "

Stack's nephew, Ian Stack, 21, described his uncle as a loving, generous man. "He would do anything for you," he said. "I remember he always had a big grin on his face."

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