Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Michael C Barkey

Canal Fulton, Ohio

July 7, 2004

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
22 Army Sgt

Army National Guard's 1484th Transportation Company

Akron, Ohio

Died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, during hostile actions when a tire on his military vehicle was shot out, the driver lost control and the vehicle turned over.
From Julie Barkey 10/21/04

Hello,
My name is Julie Barkey. I am the mother of Michael C . Barkey who died in Iraq on July 7th. Further investigation of the accident revealed that the tire was shot out causing the accident that killed Mike. He will be receiving the purple heart posthumously. This was reported by the U.S. Iraq command and was reported locally. 
Thanks for what you do so that these wonderful young men are not forgotten.
God Bless,
Julie Barkey

NEWS RELEASE
HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND

MacDill AFB, Fla.

October 12, 2004
Release Number: 04-10-12C


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOLDIER'S STATUS CHANGED FROM DECEASED TO KIA

SLSA ANACONDA, BALAD, Iraq – The status of a 13th Corps Support Command soldier who died when his vehicle overturned was changed here Oct. 11 to killed in action.

Sgt. Michael C. Barkey’s death was initially believed to be the result of a July 7 vehicle accident near Ramadi. An investigation into the incident revealed that the vehicle crash and Barkey’s resulting fatal injuries were caused by hostile action.

Barkey was serving with the Ohio National Guard’s 1484th Transportation Company at the time of his death. He will be posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.

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