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

Michael Lee Larkin

Pendleton, Oregon

July 10, 2009

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
40 Army SFC

3/116th Armor Cavalry Regiment in Milton-Freewater

Died stateside in a motorcycle accident in Radcliff, Kentucky.

 

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September 19, 2009

He was with the 3/116th Armor Cavalry Regiment in Milton-Freewater. 

He attended basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Knox, Ky. He joined the active U.S. Army in 1989. His assignments included tours in Germany, Operation Joint Guard in Bosnia, Operation Able Sentry in Macedonia, Operation Iraqi Freedom II and Korea. He received the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon and a NATO Medal. He was three weeks away from retiring from the Army and moving back to Oregon.

From Grant County, Oregon myeaglenews.com 08/05/09:

Michael Lee Larkin
April 11, 1969 July 10, 2009
RADCLIFF, Ky. - Sgt. 1st Class Michael Lee Larkin, 40, of Radcliff, Ky., died there on July 10, 2009, after a motorcycle accident. A funeral was held July 15 at Nelson Edelen-Bennett Funeral Home in Radcliff with the Rev. Arthur S. Leach officiating. Burial with military honors is planned at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central in Radcliff.

He was born in Pendleton on April 11, 1969. In the Oregon National Guard, he was with the 3/116th Armor Cavalry Regiment in Milton-Freewater. He attended basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Knox, Ky. He joined the active U.S. Army in 1989, attending advanced individual training at Ft. Knox and graduating as an M1 systems mechanic. His assignments included tours in Germany, Operation Joint Guard in Bosnia, Operation Able Sentry in Macedonia, Operation Iraqi Freedom II and Korea.

He received the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon and a NATO Medal.

He was an American hero, a good friend and part of a loving family. He was three weeks away from retiring from the Army and moving back to Oregon.

Survivors include wife, Mary Crain Larkin, of Radcliff; son, Anthony Michael Larkin; daughter, Brooklyn Rene Alexandria Larkin; father, Thomas E. Larkin of Ukiah; mother, Martha Larkin of Nevada; three brothers, T.J. Larkin of Hawaii, Jerry Larkin of Washington and Eugene Donald Larkin of Oregon; sister, Linda Larkin of Nevada; an aunt, Darlene J. Larkin of Mt. Vernon; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two uncles, Philip Negus and James L. Hehn; and his grandmother, Corabell Larkin Negus.

A September memorial service in Pendleton is pending for his immediate family and friends in Oregon who couldn't get to Kentucky for the funeral. A burial in Oregon, per his wishes is pending.

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