Sgt Michael Emerson Yashinski
  • 24 years old
  • Date of birth: Oct 8, 1979
  • Date of passing: Dec 24, 2003
Let the memory of Sgt Michael be with us forever

YASHINSKI, SGT. MICHAEL EMERSON, 24, a native of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and the only child of former Marine Staff Sgt. James A. and Debora L. Yashinski. Yashinski family settled in Monument, Colorado around 1985. Michael graduated from Lewis Palmer High School in 1997. Michael was active in baseball until junior high school, then played football and wrestled, and was in the Boy Scouts. He was a black-powder muzzle loading enthusiast and a champion tomahawk and knife thrower. He was a historical re-enactor for the pre-1840 Era Mountain Men and Native American Indians and preformed with his mother at numerous elementary schools, museums and Colorado State functions. Michael also enjoyed playing hockey and was a loyal fan of the Colorado Avalanche team. On March 27, 2003, Michael was deployed with his unit in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was among the first troops to airland by C-17 aircraft at the Harir Airfield seized by the 173rd Airborne Brigade in the Kurdish held area of northern Iraq. He helped support ground combat operations. In April 2003 his unit entered Kirkuk in support of nation building efforts and stability operations. Michael lost his life while serving his country on December 24, 2003, at Kirkuk Air Base in Iraq. He is survived by his parents, James A. and Debora L. Yashinski of Irondale, AL; paternal grandparents, Alfred and Mildred Yashinski of Titusville, PA; maternal grandparents, Leo and Marge Sheepwash of Jacksonville, NC, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Michael participated in Pre-1840 Rendezvous reenactment. Played
Baseball from age 5 til freshman year in High School, Played Hockey
from 6 th grade til after he graduated, he loved being in Italy and
visiting everywhere, He was advid Avalanche Hockey Fan.he shot black
powder and threw knives and tomahawks competively.He was a practical

All Medals Received
Bronze Star,Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army
Achievemnent Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, The National Defense
Medal, Army Good Conduct medal with Bronze Clasp (second award)

All Awards Received
NCO Professinoal Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Army
Overseas Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, Hungarian Parachutist

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