A Green Beret from Joint Base Lewis-McChord was killed in Afghanistan Saturday, making him the third* Special Forces soldier from his battalion to die in combat on its current deployment.
Staff Sgt. Michael Hosey, 27, of Birmingham, Ala., was killed by small arms fire in Uruzgan Province, according to the Defense Department. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group.
He was posthumously awarded a Meritorious Service Medal, a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star Medal.
In July, the battalion’s Sgt. 1st Class Wyatt Goldsmith, 28, of Colville died from wounds he suffered in attack in Helmand Province. Sgt. 1st Class Dae Han Park, 36, of Watertown, Conn. was killed in Afghanistan’s Wardak Province on March 12.
Hosey joined the Army in 2001 after finishing high school. He moved quickly into the intelligence field, studying at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif. and serving in the Arizona-based 304th Military Intelligence Battalion, 111th Military intelligence Brigade
He has served at Lewis-McChord since 2005. This was his second deployment to Afghanistan. He also had served twice in Iraq.
His parents declined to comment to his hometown newspaper, The Birmingham News. A high school friend told the paper he had a sense of humor and he wanted to serve his country.
“No matter how the class was going he could put a smile on your face,” said Erin Kinnaird, who graduated with Hosey from Clay-Chalkville High School in 2001.
* A previous version of this post said Hosey was the second soldier from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Special Forces Group to die in combat in Afghanistan on this deployment. He is the third.