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LCpl Michael Jacob Alfred
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Birth: Nov. 12, 1981
Vernal
Uintah County
Utah, USA
Death: Sep. 6, 2004, Iraq

Lance Cpl. Michael J. Alfred of of Hyde Park, Utah graduated from Sky View High School and LDS Seminary in June 2000. He joined the United States Marine Corps in January 2001 graduating from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California, in April 2001. He was then stationed in Camp Pendleton, becoming part of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. Michael trained and worked hard and within record time was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal. He served two tours of duty in Iraq, first from February–May 2003 and then returning in March 2004. He was scheduled to return stateside in October 2004. In May 2004, Michael was awarded a Purple Heart for an injury sustained during a fierce firefight. In a letter sent to his parents, Michael's commanding officer wrote: "Despite being wounded, performance that night was gallant and his leadership was critical in repelling the enemy's assault. LCpl Allred continues to be a key leader in this platoon. I can always count on him to get the job done right. He is respected and well-liked by his peers, subordinates and seniors, alike. I am very glad and grateful to have him on the team!" A tall, lanky, handsome Marine, Michael had a quick wit, a ready laugh, and a tender heart. He was easy to like and always ready for an adventure. He had been scheduled to leave the service in January after his four-year term expired and was looking forward to going home and being done. Michael had talked of becoming a teacher or having a career in law enforcement, after taking a few long motorcycle rides. When Michael's family went to the Salt Lake City airport to meet him after his first tour of duty in Iraq, he stood next to them, unnoticed, pretending to be looking for someone else. Known as the family joker and fashion expert, he wanted to be in the military or law enforcement for as long as his family can remember. A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, In 1990, he and his family moved to Cache Valley, settling in Hyde Park. He loved Cache Valley and dreamed of returning home to the beautiful, peaceful valley. Michael is survived by his parents, Brett and Zellene; older twin brother and sister, Brad and Brooke, younger brothers, Daniel and Adam; maternal grandmother, Veda Jorgensen; paternal grandparents, Aral and Elaine Allred; two nieces; one nephew. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Leo H. Jorgensen. Michael died due to enemy action at age 22. He was posthumously awarded the Gold Star in lieu of a second Purple Heart. Knowing that he believed in what he was doing, and he was where he wanted to be, made it a little easier for his family.

Marines
2nd Battalion
1st Marine Regiment
1st Marine Division
I Marine Expeditionary Force
Camp Pendleton, California 
 
Burial:
Hyde Park Cemetery
Hyde Park
Cache County
Utah, USA
 
Created by: Elizabeth Reed
Record added: May 15, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14295020
LCpl Michael Jacob Alfred
Added by: Wade Nicholas - Coldwell Banker Gold Key Realty
 
LCpl Michael Jacob Alfred
Added by: Wade Nicholas - Coldwell Banker Gold Key Realty
 
LCpl Michael Jacob Alfred
Added by: Elizabeth Reed
 
 
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Thank you for your "last measure of devotion." Remembered.
- Shirley Nance
 Added: Feb. 15, 2009

- Susann
 Added: Nov. 12, 2008

- Elizabeth Reed
 Added: Nov. 12, 2008
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