MERCER, PA, USA U.S. Army LTC, HHC, 2D BCT, 28TH INFANTRY DIVISION, (2 MEF) WASHINGTON, PA AR RAMADI, IRAQ 01/05/2006
Born Oct. 29, 1961, in Munich, Germany, Michael Erich McLaughlin was the son of Daniel P. and Carol Gerarge McLaughlin.
Michael was a 1980 graduate of West Forest High School in Tionesta and joined the National Guard in April 1980. He earned Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in industrial management, industrial engineering and a master’s degree in business administration. He began his military career as an ROTC cadet and was commissioned a second lieutenant in May 1982 at Clarion University.
Michael married Tamera Fedele on Aug. 14, 1982. He was the president of MARC Builders, a business he owned in Mercer.
Daniel was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Mercer. He also belonged to the Butler American Legion Post 117, the Mercer VFW, the Zem Zem Shrine of Erie, the Scottish Rite of New Castle, the Mercer County Wheel Patrol and the Pollock Lodge 502 F&AM.
During his military career, he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Army Reserves Components Overseas Training Ribbon and the Field Artillery Honorable Order of Saint Barbara.LTC.
McLaughlin is survived by his wife, Tammy. Also surviving are two daughters, Ericha, 18, and Erin, 10; his parents Daniel P. and Carol Gerarge McLaughlin; a sister, Rebecca Laubach and her husband, Russell, and a brother, Christopher McLaughlin and his wife, Melanie.