Fallen Hero PO2 Michael C. Kaske, United States Navy

PO2 Michael C. Kaske

September 31, 1986 - September 5,2008
United States Navy

Michael Kaske grew up in Chisago City, Minnesota and graduated from Chisago Lakes High School in 2005. During school he was a member of the golf team. He was also active in Boy Scouts , where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. After graduating Michael enlisted in the Navy and began his service in August of 2005.

Three tours of duty had Michael deployed to Iraq, the Persian Gulf, and the Western Pacific. He was assigned to the USS Higgins DDG76 (a guided missile destroyer) home ported in San Diego. Michael achieved the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class E-5. His Primary duties were as an Engineman. In addition he was part of a 15-man VBSS (Visitor Boarding Search and Seizure) team that does SWAT-type Search and Seizure on land and other foreign ships.

Michael’s hobbies included hunting, fishing, golf, snowboarding, cars, motorcycles, bodysurfing, and most of all spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed working with animals at a local veterinary clinic. He was also a bit of a prankster.......his friends and coworkers could attest to that. He always had a smile on his face.

Unfortunately just days before his 22nd birthday Michael died from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident while homeported in San Diego, California. He had planned to reenlist and go to Navy Diver School. We honor him for his service to our country, his three deployments to foreign lands, and the energetic life that he lived.

Michael is survived by his parents Roger and Cindy Kaske of Chisago City; his sisters Elizabeth and Amy; also nephew Brody. Grandmothers Ruby Kaske and Donna Bakke. Special family members; his daughter Macey and adopted parents Rob and Kim Bernabe along with numerous other relatives and friends.

Portrait sponsored by:
Lance Cpl. Curtis M. Swenson Memorial Fund, Rochester, MN