Time of Remembrance

Michael A. Pursel

Age:

19

Hometown:

Hooper, UT

Date of Death:

2007/05/06

Incident Location:

Baquobah, Iraq

Military Branch:

Army

Rank:

Spc.

Unit:

5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division

Unit Base:

Ft. Lewis, WA

Pursel moved to Lacey, WA, in 1998, when his father was reassigned from Germany to Fort Lewis. His mother is a captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, serving at Hill AFB in Utah. His father is a retired military man. "Michael's wanted to join the Army since he was 2 years old," she said. Pursel enlisted in April 2006. He had been in Iraq a little more than a month when he died. "Michael was doing what he always wanted to do," Dutcher said. “Michael was a pistol,” said his mother, Terry Dutcher. “He was a soldier at heart. In light of how it turned out, I know Michael was happy. I just take peace in that right now.” His father shared the story, of his young son, yelling at soldiers to drop and do pushups. Friends and family spoke of Michael as somebody who got what he wanted. His mother said he sat one time in a waiting room for hours, until a spot in the infantry could be arranged for him. “How long are you going to wait?” she asked. “However long it takes,” he replied. “He was willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice,” said Pastor Steve Bradley. “If Michael had the chance, he would do it again,” Bradley said.