Michael D. Acklin II
- 25 years old
- Date of birth: Jan 14, 1978
- Date of passing: Nov 15, 2003
|Let the memory of Michael be with us forever|
Michael was a member of the 101st Airborne Division based at Fort Campbell. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery. He was among 17 soldiers who died when two Black Hawk helicopters collided in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Acklin's family and friends stood and saluted his flag-draped coffin during his funeral at Christ Temple Apostolic Church in his hometown. "Unrealized dreams and aspirations have been dashed by this untimely death," said his pastor, Bishop Michael E. Ford Sr. Acklin, known as "Mikie" to family and friends, was remembered for his "quiet peace," Ford said. Acklin aspired to attend Bible college after the Army, Ford said, and the young sergeant "fought the good fight of a soldier and he fought the good fight of faith." His pastor while at Fort Campbell, the Rev. Frederick Irwin of New Testament Christian Church in Hopkinsville, remembered Acklin for his "big heart" and for his strong character, devotion and loyalty. During the funeral, his parents were given the Purple Heart and Bronze Star their son was awarded posthumously. He was their only child.
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