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Staff Sgt. Michael Voss, Killed Oct. 8, 2004, 24th Infantry Division, 30th Enhanced Separate Brigade

By Unknown | Media Relations Office, Public Affairs | April 26, 2009

24th Infantry Division Soldier Killed in Iraq

RALEIGH – A North Carolina Army National Guard soldier died on Friday, Oct. 8, after an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near the vehicle in which he was riding south of Kirkuk, Iraq.

Staff Sgt. Michael S. Voss, age 35, of Carthage, N.C., was a squad leader assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 120th Infantry headquartered in Wilmington.

"The North Carolina National Guard has suffered a great loss," said Maj. Gen. William E. Ingram, Jr., adjutant general of the North Carolina National Guard. "Staff Sgt. Voss was a long-time soldier who dedicated his life to serving his state and his nation. We are grieving with his family."

"We will miss Staff Sgt. Voss," said Brig. Gen. Danny Hickman, commander of the North Carolina National Guard's 30th Heavy Separate Brigade (HSB), the parent unit of Voss' company, from the brigade headquarters at Camp Caldwell, Iraq. "His service and dedication to the mission and his fellow soldiers inspires the rest of us to carry on with our duties."

Voss entered federal active service on Oct. 1, 2003, when his unit was activated as part of the call-up of the 30th HSB, headquartered in Clinton. The brigade, made up of nearly 5,000 soldiers, 3,800 from North Carolina armories, departed Ft. Bragg, N.C., for Iraq from Feb. 23 through Mar. 1.

Voss joined the U.S. Army in 1988 and transferred to the North Carolina Army National Guard in 1997. During his military service, Voss participated in U.S. military operations in Panama in 1989 where he was wounded and received the Purple Heart as well as Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990 and 1991. A decorated soldier, he held three Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals and the Combat Infantryman Badge.