- 23 years old
- Date of birth: Sep 19, 1985
- Date of passing: Apr 12, 2009
|Let the memory of Michael be with us forever|
Spc. Michael J. Anaya of Crestview, Florida loved fishing and cooking on the grill. And serving his country is something Michael had wanted to do since he was five years old. He joined the Army in April 2006 and was assigned to Schofield Barracks in January 2008. Although he had been offered his choice of jobs in the Army, he chose infantry, feeling that was his destiny. Mike is the son of Carmelo Sr. and Cheryl Anaya. His father is from Puerto Rico, and the family spent much of Mike's childhood in the Port St. Lucie area. Michael sensed that when he left for this last deployment in the fall that he might not return. He told his brother, "I have a feeling that I'm not going to make it back, but that's what I'm meant to do." His Army brothers, who nicknamed him the "Anayalator." Michael was awarded the Expert Infantry Badge. He loved his family, loved fishing, loved the military and lived life to the fullest. He is survived by his parents, Carmelo Sr. and Cheryl Anaya; brother, Carmelo Anaya Jr. and fiancee Mary Rowe; sister, Trista Moffett and husband Tony; grandparents, Philip and Gwen Kile; nieces, Catalina Anaya, Jiana and Kaylee Moffett; nephews, DeMarkis, Camren and Christian. He died at age 23 in Bayji, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. This was his second deployment to Iraq. Michael was preceded in death by his grandparents, Juan and Catalina Anaya.
"It was an honor to be able to serve in the same platoon with the brave and honorable man.... I wanna thank you for giving the ultimate sacrifice for me and my families freedom and I wanna thank your family for brining you into this world..."
"I was on this deployment with him but assigned to a different company and was sad to hear when passed. I always liked him and thought he was a good friend and a even better soldier. You will always be missed bro and that shows you did something right when you were here."
"I miss you unlce Anaya. I'll Always love you w/ my all your anayalator.
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