Time of Remembrance

Michael D. Elm

Age:

25

Hometown:

Phoenix, AZ

Date of Death:

2011/10/14

Incident Location:

FOB Salerno, Afghanistan

Military Branch:

United States Army

Rank:

SPC

Unit:

1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division

Unit Base:

Fort Knox, KY

SPC Michael D. Elm, 25, of Phoenix, AZ, died October 14, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox, KY. He died Oct. 14 at FOB Salerno, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device.

Michael was born on November 27, 1985 in Mesa, AZ. He graduated from Greenway High School and attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Michael was born on November 27, 1985 in Mesa, AZ. He graduated from Greenway High School and attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he kept a secret from fellow classmates that he was in fact the school’s mascot. In high school, he was an avid participant in Youth in Government and loved to engage in debates; at the state level, he won the William S. Dunnipace Award for Outstanding Representative in the model legislature and an award as the House Minority Leader. Active in theatre, he was lead in The Importance of Being Ernest, winning the Best Actor Award at Greenway. Involved in DECA as well, he competed locally, at the state, national, and world levels, winning 2nd place for his Advertising Campaign in the international competition. For a number of years, Mike volunteered with Planned Parenthood, where he was sent throughout the state providing training programs at high schools. He served as a counselor for the Boy Scouts at Camp Geronimo where he earned his NRA sharp shooter’s designation the same day that he first fired a gun. Michael graduated as the “Honor Graduate” from the Army Basic Training school at Ft. Benning, and served in A Company, 1st Battalion, of the 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, First Infantry Division at Fort Knox, Kentucky (“the Big Red One”). Michael had a sense of humor that could not be matched. He was a loving son, brother, nephew and god parent. He is survived by his parents, Donna and Dennis Elm, brother Matthew Elm, sisters Margaret Campbell (Todd), Christy Rangel (Sam) and Katie Elm (Ashaley)