Sgt Michael V. Lalush

Sgt Michael V. Lalush 1

SGT. MICHAEL V. LALUSH – U.S. Marine Corps

Hometown / City: TROUTVILLE, VA BOTETOURT
Date of Death: Sunday, March 30, 2003
Conflict: Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq)
Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
Rank: SGT
Unit: HMLA-169, MAG-39, MCAS CAMP PENDLETON, CA

Birth: Apr. 18, 1979
California, USA
Death: Mar. 30, 2003, Iraq

Marine Sgt Lalush was assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA)-169, Marine Air Craft Group-39, Marine Corps Air Station, Camp Pendleton, California. Lalush was killed in a UH-1N Huey helicopter crash in southern Iraq. Michael graduated from Lord Botetourt High School in Lord Botetourt County, Virginia in 1997. Michael played on the high school golf team and worked part-time at the Botetourt Country Club. He was a young man who enjoyed what he did, was proud to be a soldier and wanted to make a difference with skills he had – he did. Over the years, Michael changed from a gangly youth to a mature, muscled young man, growing to 6 feet 4 inches and riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He liked to tinker. He could rebuild a lawn mower from a pile of bolts. He learned to weld and had a talent for woodworking. After he learned to drive, he rebuilt a 1965 Volkswagen Beetle so he’d have a car. But as good as he was with his hands, he was better with his heart. In a letter to home from Iraq, Michael was effusive about his work as a Huey helicopter crewmember helping evacuate wounded soldiers from the battlefield. “This is what it’s all about,” he wrote. “He was a wonderful child,” his mother, Becky Lalush, said. “He was going to be career military. He felt they were doing the right thing.” His mother, devastated by the death of her only child, said, “Right now, I can’t talk about him.”

Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 60, Site 7866 Sgt Michael V. Lalush 2

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