Family Honors Slain Simpsonville Soldier 6-19-2010 - FOX Carolina 21

Family Honors Slain Simpsonville Soldier 6-19-2010

On Sunday, the family of a slain 41-year-old soldier from South Carolina remembered his life.
The U.S. Defense Department said in a news release Saturday that Capt. Michael P. Cassidy, of Simpsonville, died June 17 in Mosul of noncombat-related injuries.
Johanna Cassidy, Michael's wife, said her husband enlisted in the army after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
A spokeswoman for Fort Stewart had no details about Cassidy's death, and his wife said she is still not sure what happened to him. Johanna Cassidy said the Army told her they cannot release any information until a full report is made.
In the meantime, Johanna Cassidy said she will remember him as a great and inspiring man.
"We’re so proud of him," she said. "He was my best friend, and I grieve because I'm going to miss him, but I do know that he did exactly what he wanted to do and I have a lot of pride -- alot of pride."
Johanna Cassidy said she was lost when she met Michael in Virginia. She said he approached her and asked if she needed help.
At the time, Johanna Cassidy was a budget analyst in Washington, D.C. He was a computer specialist.
She said her husband had many facets to his life -- he had been a carpenter, a computer specialist, and he became a chiropractor because he said he wanted to work with people. He was a member of the National Guard before signing up to serve full time.
"He was so humble, so sweet, and so nice, and genuinely cared about people," said Johanna Cassidy. "It came through when he talked to you."
Johanna Cassidy said she wanted to talk about her husband's life because she wants her 9- and 10-year-old daughters to remember their father as a hero and know that he died fighting for freedom.
She said she will be meeting with a casualty assistance officer on Tuesday and will learn more details about her husband's scheduled burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Plans for a memorial service have not yet been made, she said.
Michael Cassidy was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.
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