- 24 years old
- Date of birth: Sep 17, 1982
- Date of passing: Sep 6, 2007
|Let the memory of Sgt. Michael be with us forever|
24, of Malvern, Ark.; assigned to 3rd Assault amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died Sept. 6 while conducting combat operations in Albu Hyatt, Iraq. Also killed were Cpl. Christopher L. Poole Jr., Cpl. Bryan J. Scripsick and Staff Sgt. John C. Stock.
Arkansas Marine killed in Anbar province of Iraq
The Associated Press
MALVERN, Ark. — The Defense Department announced Sept. 10 that a Marine from Glen Rose was among four to die in combat Sept. 6 in Iraq.
Sgt. Michael J. Yarbrough, 24, was killed during combat in Anbar province. Also killed were Cpl. Christopher L. Poole Jr., 22, of Mount Dora, Fla.; Cpl. Bryan J. Scripsick, 22, of Wayne, Okla.; and Staff Sgt. John C. Stock, 26, of Longview, Texas.
The Defense Department didn’t provide further detail of how the men died.
The four Marines were all assigned to 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Yarbrough’s mother, Rhonda Kidder, said her son was killed by a roadside bomb while on his third tour of duty.
“He told me, the last time before he left, ‘Mom, as long as my men are there, I’m going to be there with them,’ ” Kidder told Little Rock television station KATV.
Kidder told the station her son earlier volunteered to return to Iraq in place of a friend whose wife was expecting a baby
“Michael didn’t want to see him go, so he took his place,” she said.
Yarbrough joined after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, his mother said.
“Ever since he was a little boy, he would march around with a stick on his shoulder, saying ‘I’m going to be in the Army, Mom, I’m going to be in the army,’ ” Kidder told the station.
She said Yarbrough and his wife planned to have children and that they doted on their nieces and nephews.
“He grew up knowing he wanted to be a Marine,” Yarbrough’s cousin John Keeling told Little Rock television station KTHV. “He always told his mother that.” Keeling also noted that Yarbrough had volunteered to take the place of a friend.
"Served with Michael on his 2nd tour he was our small weapons armor. We talked several times about his lat move he was very excited about it. I was walking through Tulsa mall today and they had a tribute to all fallen Oklahoma service members and of course being bais i was reading on all the Marines and seen a young man that was with Michael that day from Oklahoma. Great Marine diffently is missed."
"We were good friends in high school, we would cut up during Bob's algebra class and cut donuts in a parking lot when we were supposed to be at OTC for classes off campus. We never heard from each other after school, but we still shared a similar spirit and joined the Marines. I was ripping with some Hawaii Marines down the road from where your blast occurred. For what its worth, my units sole purpose was to come in and make sure no insurgent could move ordinance or the like through our AO. We were highly successful and this was the last incident while we were there. I had no idea you were involved until I got back. I think about you every day as I do with all of my fallen brothers. Semper Fi Michael."
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