Finke, Michael W, Jr., Sgt

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2004-2005, 0311, C Co, 1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)
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1995 - 2005
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Operation Iraqi Freedom


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Home Town
Huron, Ohio
Last Address
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Casualty Date
Jan 26, 2005
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
Location of Interment
Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery - Rittman, Ohio
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  1995, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC)
 Unit Assignments
Infantry Training Regiment (Camp Geiger), 1st Infantry Training Regiment1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)
  1995-1995, 0311, Infantry Training Regiment (Camp Geiger), 1st Infantry Training Regiment
  1995-2004, 0311, C Co, 1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)
  2004-2005, 0311, C Co, 1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)
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  2004-2005 OIF/Iraqi Governance (2004-05)
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Sgt. Michael W. Finke Jr. was killed Jan. 26 when the CH-53E helicopter in which he was riding crashed near Rutbah, Iraq.  An investigation found that the crew of the CH-53E became disoriented when weather turned bad, did not realize the helicopter was banking to the left, and flew the aircraft into the ground.  Twenty-nine Marines and one sailor also were killed.

The Marines lost from BLT 1/3 in the helicopter crash were:
1st Lt. Travis J. Fuller, 26, a native of Granville, Mass.
1st Lt. Dustin M. Shumney, 30, a native of Viellejo, Calif.
Staff Sgt. Brian D. Bland, 26, from Westion, Wyo.
Sgt. Michael W. Finke Jr., 28, from Huron, Ohio
Cpl. Richard A. Gilbert Jr., 26, a native of Montgomery, Ohio
Cpl. Stephen P. Johnson, 24, from Covina, Calif.
Cpl. Timothy A. Knight, 22, a native of Brooklyn, Ohio
Cpl. Timothy M. Gibson, 23, from Hillsborough, N.H.
Cpl. Sean P. Kelly, 23, from Gloucester, N.J.
Cpl. Kyle J. Grimes, 21, a native of North Hampton, Penn.
Cpl. Nathaniel K. Moore, 22, from Champaign, Ill.
Cpl. James L. Moore, 24, a native of Roseburg, Ore.
Cpl. Nathan A. Schubert, 22, from Cherokee, Iowa
Cpl. Matthew R. Smith, 24, a native of West Valley, Utah
Petty Officer 3rd Class John D. House, 28, from Ventura, Calif.
Lance Cpl. Brian C. Hopper 21, a native of Wynne, Ark.
LCpl. Jonathan E. Etterling, 22, from Wheelersburg, Ohio
LCpl. Fred L. Marciel, 20, a native of Spring, Texas
LCpl. Allan Klein, 34, from Clinton Township, Mich.
LCpl. Gael Saintvil, 24, a native of Orange, Fl.
LCpl. Mourad Ragimov, 20, from San Diego, Calif.
LCpl. Rhonald Rairdan, 20, a native of San Antonio, Texas
LCpl. Saeed Jafarkhani-turshizi, 25, from Fort Worth, Texas
LCpl Hector Ramos, 20, a native of Aurora, Ill.
LCpl. Darrell J. Schumann, 25, from Hampton, Va.
LCpl. Joseph P. Spence, 24, from Scotts Valley, Calif.
LCpl. Michael L. Starr Jr., 21, a native of Baltimore, Md.

Four Marines from HMM-361 also lost their lives;
Captain Paul Alaniz
Capt. Lyle Gordon
Staff Sgt. Dexter Kimble
LCpl. Tony Hernandez
Sergeant Michael Wayne Finke, Jr. was born in Scottsdale, Arizona on October
31, 1976 to Michael Wayne Finke, Sr. and Sally Rapp.  Michael's parents and family moved to Medina, Ohio when he was six years old.  He attended school in Medina and graduated from Huron High School in 1995.  He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of seventeen with the signed permission of his father, following two failed attempts at the ages of fifteen and sixteen years of age.  He was first stationed at Parris Island, South Carolina for boot camp.  After graduation, he was then stationed at Camp Pendleton, California until February 2004. It was during this time he met his wife, Heather Dohrman of Glendale, Arizona.  Michael and Heather were married on October 11, 2002.
 Soon afterward, Mike was relocated to Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Heather remained in Glendale, as she was completing her education and Mike's return from his deployment, when she would then be rejoin him in HI.  Michael was deployed to Iraq in July of 2004 along with many of his fellow Marine family from Kaneohe Bay.  He served his country proudly and was admired and respected by members of his Company.  Michael supported the War in Iraq wholeheartedly.  If he was ever in doubt of their efforts, he would look into the eyes of the Iraqi children and know that the future of Iraq was optimistic. Michael was a very passionate, adventurous individual who was committed to a
life long dream of being a Marine.  He was known for bringing energy to a room with his contagious laugh and quirky smile.  His wife, Heather, described him as a hopeless romantic who loved country music and sunsets.  His sense of humor was infectious and he plotted stealthy practical jokes on his friends, utilizing his extensive Marine training.  Michael will forever be remembered by his family and friends as a loving, selfless, passionate Marine who gave the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the freedoms of those who cannot defend themselves.  He lives in our hearts as a true hero and patriot.
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