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SFC Michael A. Cathcart

July 26,1983 - November 14, 2014
U.S. Army

Sgt. 1st Class Michael A. Cathcart 31, of Bay City, Michigan died in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan of wounds received from small arms fire while on dismounted combat operations. He was assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. This was his fifth deployment. Michael's mother shared with me that her son put himself into intense fire to save the lives of five teammates and 20 Afghan commandos. Lt. col. Michael Sullivan said in a statement that the unit lost "one of our nation's finest," adding that Sgt. Cathcart "died a true warrior with his fellow teammates at his side." Sullivan continued, "Bushmen will always remember Mike's love for the hockey rink and his contagious smile."

Michael graduated from Bay City Central high School and enlisted in the Army in June of 2001 as a Fire Support Specialist. Upon completion of Army Basic Combat and Advanced Individual Training, he reported to the 101st Airbourn Division, better known as the Screaming Eagles, where he served for more than five years. Michael completed tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

It was my honor to paint this true hero. As you can see in the portrait Michael was well-decorated, and deservedly so. Among other medals he was awarded three Bronze Star medals and a Purple Heart. The U.S. Army posthumously awarded Michael his fourth Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.

We extend our deepest sympathy and heartfelt gratitude to Michael's family, his many friends, and his Army brothers & sisters. His mother, Jeanne Cathcart so beautifully expressed her appreciation upon receiving the painting.

Portrait sponsored by:
Mrs. Laurel Dewald, Rochester, Minnesota, in honor of her husband Dr. Gordon Dewald.