Special Forces soldier killed in action in Afghanistan 14 Sept. 2014.
Green Beret Sergeant First Class Michael A. Cathcart, 31, of Bay City, Michigan, died in Kunduz Province, northern Afghanistan, of wounds received from small-arms fire while on dismounted combat operations.
SFC Cathcart was assigned to Company A, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne). This was his fifth deployment with the battalion, known as the Bushmen, to Afghanistan.
The unit "lost one of our nation's finest," said Cathcart's battalion commander, Lt. Col. Michael Sullivan. "Cathcart died a true warrior with his fellow teammates at his side."
Cathcart enlisted in the Army in June 2001 as a Fire Support Specialist and served more than five years with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he served for more than five years. He had two combat tours to Iraq with the 101st.
The Army said Cathcart volunteered for the Special Forces in 2007, and after his training he joined the 3rd Special Forces Group in 2009 as an engineer sergeant.
SFC Cathcart's decorations include four Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal.
Fifth deployment. All gave some, but he gave all.