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

Michael S Fielder

Holly Springs, North Carolina

August 19, 2007

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
35 Army CAPT

248th Medical Detachment, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 44th Medical Command, XVIII Airborne Corps

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

 Died in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries suffered from a non-combat related incident.

Michael S. Fielder always had a love of animals, said his mother, Janet King. Stray dogs always seemed to follow him home. "He knew from the time he was 8 years old he wanted to be a vet," she said. Fielder, 35, of Holly Springs, N.C., died Aug. 19 in Baghdad of non-combat causes. He was assigned to Fort Bragg. Fielder had been in the Navy from 1990 to 1994, then enjoyed civilian life for several years before joining the Army in June 2000. He earned a bachelor of science in zoology and a doctorate in veterinary medicine from North Carolina State University in 2004. "Michael, first and foremost, was a husband, and a wonderful and devoted friend," said Tonya Hinkle, a family friend. "He was a vet that absolutely loved his job and was quite a wonderful father to the soldiers he had." Besides his wife, Fielder leaves behind three "furry" friends _ a pit bull-Rottweiler mix named Buckethead, a Rottweiler named Haley and a domestic long-haired cat named Frankie. "They were the apple of his eye," Hinkle said. He is survived by his wife, Mary.
Published online on Aug. 21, 2007

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