United States Army


Killed In Action: December 4, 2004

At the young age of 17, Sergeant Michael Luke Boatright (February 21, 1980 – December 4, 2004) joined the U.S. Army National Guard. After 9/11, he signed up for active duty and planned to make the Army his career. At the age of 24, this true Texan, who loved riding bulls, listening to country music, fishing and hunting deer, was killed in action on December 4, 2004, by an improvised explosive device in Baghdad, Iraq while serving as a Combat Engineer with the 20th Engineer Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division. According to his mother, “He loved being a soldier and took his Army values very seriously — loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.” He left behind a wife and three children.  Sergeant Boatright is buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.