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Family reports death of JBLM soldier from wounds suffered in Afghanistan

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on May 2, 2013 at 11:59 am |
May 2, 2013 11:59 am

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier has died from wounds he suffered in Afghanistan, his family in Texas reported to local media this week.

Staff Sgt. Michael H. Simpson, 30, leaves behind a wife and two sons aged 3 and 1, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

His father, Michael W. Simpson, told the newspaper earlier this week that his son was wounded by a mine while driving on an ATV. The elder Simpson disclosed the injuries because he is the city manager of Olmos Park in Texas and he wanted thank residents for their support.

The Defense Department has not released any information about the attack.

The elder Simpson is a former Special Forces lieutenant colonel. Friends of the family posting on social media web sites are reporting that his sons followed him into the military’s Special Operations Forces.

The city manager in his notice residents expressed guarded hope when he announced that he was leaving to meet his son at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

“The fact that he is stable enough to fly is an encouragement and we continue in prayer that God will work a miracle,” the city manager said.

Lewis-McChord has several units from the Special Operations Forces that could be in Afghanistan. The base does not announce their deployments or homecomings.

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