HOLLY SPRINGS, NC, USA U.S. Army CPT, 248TH MEDICAL DET, 32D MULTI-FUNCTIONAL MEDICAL BN, FORT BRAGG, NC BAGHDAD, IRAQ 08/19/2007
Michael Shean Fielder, of Holly Springs, North Carolina, always had a love of animals, said his mother, Janet King. Stray dogs always seemed to follow him home. He knew from the time he was 8 years old he wanted to be a vet, she said. He earned a bachelor of science in zoology and a doctorate in veterinary medicine from North Carolina State University in 2004.
Michael, first and foremost, was a husband, and a wonderful and devoted friend, said Tonya Hinkle, a family friend. He was a vet that absolutely loved his job and was quite a wonderful father to the soldiers he had.
Besides his wife, Fielder leaves behind three furry friends – a pit bull-Rottweiler mix named Buckethead, a Rottweiler named Haley and a domestic long-haired cat named Frankie. They were the apple of his eye, Hinkle said.
Fielder had been in the Navy from 1990 to 1994, then enjoyed civilian life for several years before joining the Army in June 2000.
Capt. Michael S. Fielder, 35, died on August 19, 2007, in Baghdad, Iraq, of non-combat causes. He was assigned to Army Active duty 248th Medical Detachment at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.