HOWELL, NJ, USA U.S. Army SPC, COMPANY A, 2D BN, 7TH INFANTRY REGT, FORT STEWART, GA 31314 OBJ RAIDER, IRAQ 03/29/2003
Michael Edward Curtin has been described as a great team player, a kind and gentle person by his friends. Mothers wanted Michael to be the one their children played with growing up. He was reserved, but had a quiet way of creating humor with friends.
His uncle, who he worked alongside for a time said they had a running argument about who was the better action star, Bruce Lee, or Chuck Norris. Before leaving for the army, Michael hid a cutout of Norris somewhere in his uncle’s shop, along with The Far Side calendar pages that he’d already stashed in different locations there.
Michael enjoyed music and played guitar for his own enjoyment in his room. He was the oldest child of Michael and Joan Curtin and he’s described by his parents as “kind.courageous . [possessing] unwavering faith, a devout love for his family” and “a hero who fought for freedom.” He is the brother of Katie, Daniel, Jennifer, and Stephanie.
Katie has said that Michael had an “all-American appeal”.
Michael was from Howell, New Jersey and was a 1998 graduate of Howell High School. He was a Dallas Cowboy fan and known as “Jersey” to his buddies in his army unit “The Outlaws”.
Michael graduated from boot camp at Ft. Benning, Georgia the very week of the 9/11 attacks. Michael served in the 2-7th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division from Ft. Stewart, Georgia and was killed by a suicide-bomb blast at a military checkpoint in Central Iraq.