- 28 years old
- Date of birth: Dec 2, 1983
- Date of passing: May 18, 2012
|Let the memory of Michael be with us forever|
Sgt. Michael J. Knapp, 28, of Overland Park, Kan.,died May 18, in Asadabad, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an indirect fire. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion (Air Assault), 377th Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Michael and his wife, Abby, were married in October 2007 and moved to Ft. Lewis, Washington, in March 2010 after he joined Active Duty Army. They had their daughter Kinsley Payton on August 1, 2011, she was 9 weeks early weighing in at 3 lbs. 6 oz., their miracle baby. Mike could not wait to be a father and loved Miss Kinsley so much. He deployed to Asadabad, Afghanistan, November 14, 2011, with the 17th Fires Brigade. While deployed, Mike watched his daughter grow up on Skype until May 18, 2012, he was killed in action. He died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with a rocket. Michael is a man of God who will be missed dearly. We are keeping peace in knowing that he is with our Lord and Savior today. He is survived by his wife, Abby Dyan (Brassfield) Knapp, 27, of Overland Park; daughter, Kinsley Payton Knapp, 9 months; mother, Sandra Knapp of Overland Park; sister, Wendy Knapp of Overland Park; grandfather, John Knapp of Bucyrus, Kansas; and his in-laws, Tom and Marla Brassfield of Overland Park along with Abby's siblings, Amy Knapp, Clay Brassfield, and Casey Brassfield.
"So sad, he sacrificed his life for his people and country. May his soul rest in peace and God give enough strength to his family to bear his loss and protect the family.."
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