Michael A Shank

BONHAM, TX, USA U.S. Army SSG, 554TH MILITARY POLICE COMPANY, KAISERSLAUTERN, GERMANY LOGAR, AFGHANISTAN 11/28/2006


This American hero dreamed of a military career from a very young age. In high school it was one of the topics he so eagerly shared. Forever he will be remembered as a good friend, father, husband and patriot warrior.

Army Staff Sergeant Michael A. Shank, 31, of Bonham, Texas; assigned to the 230th Military Police Company, 95th Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade, Kaiserslautern, Germany; died Nov. 28, 2006, of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat operations in Logar, Afghanistan.

Michael always planned to be a soldier and always wanted to go into the military. He graduated from the Dodd City, Texas, high school and first enlisted in the Army when he was 20. He earned the honor to be a military policeman, destined to make the Army a career and looked forward to being a drill sergeant to help mold the next generation of Army warriors.

Sergeant Shank was well respected by his soldiers and a big brother to his young soldiers- “Firm and strong, he was one of the best NCOs I’ve met.” In fact the soldiers of Operation Making Change will forever honor him and remember his smiling and fun-loving spirit.

He is survived by his wife Brandy and their two daughters, KateLynn and Michaela.

Michael left a positive imprint on every soldier he met. He truly embodied the patriot spirit- “Not for fame or reward, not lured by ambition or goaded by necessity, but in simple obedience to duty.”

Staff Sergeant Shank made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation, as lives on as an American Hero.

Michael’s portrait is also located on Poster 7