Cpl Michael Avery Pursel
  • 19 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 14, 1988
  • Date of passing: May 6, 2007
Let the memory of Michael be with us forever

Cpl. Michael Pursel was 19 when he died, the youngest of the six soldiers killed when the homemade bomb exploded near their vehicle.

Pursel moved to Lacey, Thurston County, in 1998, when his father was reassigned from Germany to Fort Lewis. His mother, Terry Dutcher, is a captain in the Air Force Reserve who lives in Hooper, Utah.

Dutcher was not immediately available for comment. A woman who answered Dutcher's cellphone and identified herself as Pursel's grandmother said joining the military was his dream.

"Michael's wanted to join the Army since he was 2 years old," she said.

Pursel enlisted in April 2006. He had been in Iraq a little more than a month when he died.

"Michael was doing what he always wanted to do," Dutcher told The Olympian. "In light of how it turned out, I know Michael was happy. I just take peace in that right now."

All Medals Received
Bronze Star
Purple Heart

Michael's hobbies were motorcycles, cars, and basketball. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Jessica Wong on 25th May 2015

"I'm sorry Michael"

This tribute was added by Shari Hopkins on 24th May 2015

"thank you for your service - may you rest in peace"

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