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Sgt Michael John Gabel
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Birth: Sep. 13, 1977, USA
Death: Dec. 12, 2007, Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Michael J. Gabel of Crowley, La., was a graduate of Lee High School and the Culinary Arts Institute. He enlisted in the Army in 2000 and was stationed with the 82nd Airborne out of Fort Bragg, N.C. While serving in the 82nd, he completed a tour in Afghanistan in 2002 and Iraq from 2003-2004. In late 2004, he was reassigned to the 173rd Airborne "Sky Troopers" of Camp Ederle, Italy. While in Afghanistan in 2005, he was awarded a Bronze Star. Michael had planned to re-enlist so he could serve more time in Afghanistan, a country that he loved. In early September 2007, he led 25 fellow soldiers in a pilgrimage to the Black Madonna in Częstochowa, Poland, and later that month, he returned to Afghanistan. While leading a mission out of Dandar, his vehicle drove over a roadside bomb. Posthumously, Michael will receive his second Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He lost his best friend, Larry Rougle in October 2007 in Afghanistan and later, Mike delivered the eulogy at Larry's memorial service. He said, "I will not be bitter. I will not shed any tears of sorrow. I'm proud to have known such a good man and a warrior to the bitter end. Until we see each other again, Sky Soldiers!" He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, John Gabel II and Lee W. Miller Sr.; and an uncle, Michael Miller. Mike died at Forward Operating Base Curry, Afghanistan at age 30.

Army
1st Battalion
503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
173rd Airborne Brigade
Camp Ederle, Italy 
 
Burial:
Port Hudson National Cemetery
Zachary
East Baton Rouge Parish
Louisiana, USA
Plot: Sec H Site 528
 
Created by: Elizabeth Reed
Record added: Dec 19, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23483674
Sgt Michael John Gabel
Added by: Elizabeth Reed
 
Sgt Michael John Gabel
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Sgt Michael John Gabel
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