Spc. Micah S. Gifford. Gifford, 27, from Redding, CA was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq.
NAME: Micah Stephen Gifford
PLACE OF BIRTH: San Diego, CA
DATE OF BIRTH: 07 Jul 1979
HOME OF RECORD:
DATES OF SERVICE: 08 Aug 2004 to 07 Dec 2006
Alpha Company, 30th AG BN, ITB, Fort Benning, GA
D Company Special Troops Unit, Support Battalion, at Fort Bragg, NC
Company A, 3rd BN, 509th (ABN), at Ft. Richardson, AK
CAMPAIGNS: Operation Iraqi Freedom
AWARDS: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Operation Iraqi Freedom Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Expert Infantry Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge
SUMMARY OF SERVICE:
07 Jul 1979 - Micah Stephen Gifford was born to Dale and Marsha in San Diego, CA
1997 - Graduated from South High, Torrance, CA
2002 - He graduated Harding University, Searcy, AR with a Baccalaureate degree in Business Administration and played football
Micah works odd jobs in Redding, CA and originally intended to become a firefighter, however he saw the terrorist beheading the American Contractor Nicholas Berg and told his mother that "it didn't feel right to sit at home while that was going on"
08 Aug 2004 - He joined the Army and was assigned to Alpha Company, 30th AG BN, ITB, Fort Benning, GA
00 Jan 2005 - PFC Gifford was assigned to D Company Special Troops Unit, Support Battalion, at Fort Bragg, NC
Graduated Warrior Leaders Course
Graduated Combatives Level 1
Graduated Basic Airborne Course
00 Apr 2005 - CPL Gifford arrived at Fort Richardson, AK where he was assigned to Able Company 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne). While assigned to Able Company, CPL Gifford served as a Squad Leader, and Fire Team Leader
00 Oct 2006 - Deployed to Iraq with Able Company 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom
"Don't pray that I come home soon," Gifford wrote to friends on his MySpace.com page shortly after his Army unit was deployed in Iraq. "Pray that the people that are causing us to stay out there can see the light and change their ways without harm coming to them first."
Then, in character, the 27-year-old preacher's son with a prankster's heart outlined the retribution he could deliver: "All I gotta do is flex and their brains will explode out of sheer amazement, so again ... don't worry about me."
Gifford had not originally planned to go into the military. Born in San Diego, he spent his teenage years in Torrance when his father, Dale, was the minister of Hermosa Beach Church of Christ. Gifford then attended Harding University, a Christian college in Searcy, Arkansas.
07 Dec 2006 - Killed in Action when an improvised explosive device detonated near the dismounted patrol he was on in Baghdad, Iraq. SSG Henry S. Linck was killed in the same action
CPL Gifford is posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
He is buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, CA, Section F, Site 89
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