HAPATCONG, NJ, US
SGT, BATTERY A, 3RD BN, 6TH FA (STRIKE), 1ST BCT, FORT DRUM, NY
Family and friends of Sergeant Michael Dana Kirspel spoke of a young man proud of his three tours of duty spent defending his country, but with a heart that never left home. “He would always find a way to get to a phone as he was deployed, just to make sure everyone (at home) was all right,” explained his mother, Dawn Roberts.”He was a guy you could always count on. He had an amazing moral standard. And he was so protective to his little brother (Samuel), who has cystic fibrosis.
Kirspel’s family and friends said serving in the Army was a dream he had since he was a boy. “We tried to talk him out of it,” Mrs. Roberts said. “But he was not being talked out of it.”
“Being in the Army was something he always wanted to do,” said friend John Davis. “I know he was young, but the Sept. 11 (2001) attacks had hit him hard.”
“He knew he was over there for a purpose,” said Kaceylee Sowinski , another friend of Kirspel’s who had spoken to the fallen soldier earlier in the week. “That was the whole reason he signed up with the Army — to make a difference. He was a very genuine person. Michael always thought of everyone else before he thought of himself. He was just a beautiful person.”
Michael Kirspel Sr. posted the following message: “To my son, my Hero, always in our hearts forever. I have lost a son, my best friend. We will be together one day. You’re with God now. I am sure it’s a better place. You gave your all for your country, but left us here with heavy hearts. Always in my heart, Love, Dad.