Louisiana soldier killed in Afghanistan
BOSSIER CITY, La. - A Louisiana soldier has died from injuries suffered while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Michael J. Garcia, 27, of Bossier City, died July 4th in Logar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device, the U.S. Department of Defense said.
Garcia joined the Army after graduating from Bossier High School in 2001 and he was assigned to the 63rd Ordnance Battalion, 52nd Ordnance Group, 20th Support Command at Fort Polk.
Friends of Garcia said that he died doing what he loved.
"He had two Purple Hearts," said Christine Geisler Thomas, of Shreveport, who's known Garcia since high school. "He was amazing. There's no other way to describe Michael."
In everyday life, Garcia was "an all-around nice guy," she said.
"He was handsome, he made you laugh. He knew how to make somebody's day. I keep thinking, of all the people, why him?" Thomas said.