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Fallen soldier was a Green Beret in JBLM’s 1st Special Forces Group

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on May 3, 2013 at 2:40 pm with No Comments »
May 4, 2013 10:04 am
Staff Sgt. Michael H. Simpson died Thursday from wounds he suffered April 27 in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Michael H. Simpson died Thursday from wounds he suffered April 27 in Afghanistan.

The Defense Department today identified a Joint Base Lewis-McChord Green Beret who died Thursday at a military hospital Germany from wounds he sustained last week in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Michael H. Simpson, 30, leaves behind a wife and two sons ages 3 and 1.

The Army identified his hometown as San Antonio. His father, retired Special Forces Lt. Col. Michael W. Simpson, is the city manager in Olmos Park, Texas.

The elder Simpson has sent messages to Olmos Park residents about his son’s fatal injuries, and has received an outpouring of support from the town. The family announced the soldier’s death to Texas media on Thursday.

He once told the San Antonio Express-News, “We’re warriors. We know that these things happen.”

Staff Sgt. Simpson joined the Army in April 2003 as an infantryman. He deployed to Iraq in 2007 with the Germany-based 2nd Cavalry Regiment.

He completed his qualifications to join Army Special Forces in July 2011 and later joined the 1st Special Forces Group at Lewis-McChord. He was assigned to its newest unit, the 4th Battalion, and last year deployed to an annual exercise in Thailand called Operation Cobra Gold.

Staff Sgt. Simpson is the third Lewis-McChord soldier to die in combat in Afghanistan this year and the second from the 4th Battalion of the 1st Special Forces Group. Fellow Lewis-McChord Green Beret Sgt. First Class James Grissom died on March 21.

Yesterday we reached Staff Sgt. Simpson’s wife, Krista, at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

“I’m so proud of him through everything,” she said. “The man that he was when I met him, the man he grew to be, the father he was, and the person he made me.”


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