Stack, Michael B, SGM

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Last Rank
Sergeant Major
Last Service Branch
Special Forces
Last Primary MOS
18Z-Special Forces Senior Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Special Forces (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2003-2004, 18Z, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group
Service Years
1977 - 2004


Special Forces
Sergeant Major


Nine Service Stripes



Four Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
1956
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Lake City, SC

Casualty Date
Apr 11, 2004
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Iraq
Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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  2004, GWOT Fallen [Verified]

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Master Parachutist
Rifle
Germany Jump Wings (Silver)

 
 Unit Assignments
82nd Airborne DivisionUS Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS)3rd Special Forces Group Airborne10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
US Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA) Course5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1978-1987, 11B10, HHC, 82nd Airborne Division
  1987-1988, 11B10, US Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS)
  1988-1992, 18B, 3rd Special Forces Group Airborne
  1992-1996, 18Z, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1999-2002, 18Z, US Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS)
  2002-2003, 18Z, US Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA) Course
  2003-2004, 18Z, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1990-1991 Gulf War/Defense of Saudi Arabia/Operation Desert Shield
  1990-1991 Gulf War/Defense of Saudi Arabia
  2004-2004 OIF/Transition of Iraq (2003-04)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

 Memorial held for soldier killed in Iraq
May 3? 2004:

LAKE CITY, SOUTH CAROLINA - Family and friends remembered Sergeant Major Michael Stack as a deeply religious man and a soldier who had a deep sense of mission.
The 48-year-old Stack was killed on Easter Sunday in Iraq. He was manning a machine gun on a Humvee when his 12-man Special Forces team was ambushed.
Stack was buried Friday in Arlington National Cemetery. On Sunday, family and friends attended a memorial service at Lynches River Free Will Baptist Church.
"More than anything else, Mike Stack was a soldier's soldier," said the Rev. Gerald Owens, a former pastor of the church. "He fought for what was right. And regardless of how you stand on political matters, I say hallelujah for that."
The 48-year-old Stack, who had a wife and six children, came from a family with a long history of military service.
"Someone in our family has been in every war since the American Revolution," said one of his sisters, Tammy Caulder.
Stack joined the Army in 1977 and later, in the 82nd Airborne Division got the nickname "No Slack Billy Jack Stack." He joined the Special Forces in 1988.
Family and friends said he had a deep sense of duty and was a devout Christian.
He taught Bible classes at Fort Campbell in Kentucky and in Iraq organized prayer groups. Before his last mission, he prayed with the people on his team and gave them crosses.
Stack's life was "simple and complex," said Cecil M. Stack Jr., his older brother and a retired Army sergeant major. "Three things were important to him: family, God and the U.S. Army."
Michael Stack also served in the Balkans and in Iraq during the first Gulf War.
Stack, who was two years away from retirement, had three grandchildren.
During the ambush, small-arms fire damaged two of his unit's machine guns.
Stack's actions helped the rest of the team survive and he was awarded the Silver Star, the military's third-highest honor for heroism in combat.
   
Comments/Citation

  Army Sgt. Maj. Michael B. Stack, a former Lake City resident and a father of five, was remembered Tuesday as a devout Christian and family man who loved fishing and Southern cooking.


Stack, a 48-year-old Special Forces soldier, died Sunday in Iraq when his convoy was ambushed, according to his brother Cecil Stack Jr. 

"We were best friends. No matter where we were in the world, we found a way to talk to one another," Cecil Stack Jr., who is retired from the Army, told The Post and Courier. "Throughout my career, I looked to Mike for guidance even though he was my younger brother."

Stack, a 1974 South Florence High School graduate, was based in Fort Campbell, Ky. His brother, who was en route there Tuesday, said the family was waiting for the U.S. Department of Defense to release more information about Stack's unit and what he was doing at the time of his death.

As of late Tuesday, the Defense Department still had not posted an official release on its Web site regarding Stack's death. A spokesman at Fort Campbell also would not release any information.

Cecil Stack Jr. recalled his brother's strong Christian faith, which he said led to the formation of a prayer group with other soldiers in his unit in Iraq. Cecil Stack Jr. said his brother was devoted to his five children, the youngest 3 years old. He said his brother also had three grandchildren.

Cecil Stack Jr. said his brother recently earned a college degree, which he hoped would help him land a job when he left the military. He also loved to fish and was an excellent cook with a flair for Southern cuisine.

"I'll miss his fried turkey at Thanksgiving. I'll miss his jalapeno corn bread," said Cecil Stack Jr., who last talked to his brother about 10 days before he died.

Despite the mounting violence in Iraq, Cecil Stack Jr. said his brother's faith in the country's mission never wavered. "I asked him about the situation and he said, 'We are doing the right thing,'" Cecil Stack Jr. said. " 'We are making a change here.' "

Stack's nephew, Ian Stack, 21, described his uncle as a loving, generous man. "He would do anything for you," he said. "I remember he always had a big grin on his face."

   
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