Michael Eugene Koch
Rank(s): OS3, OS1, SOC
Unit(s): ST8, ST10, ST8, NSW Tactical Development and Evaluation Squadron Three
Station: Dam Neck, VA
Fallen on: 04 Feb 2008
Era: Global War on Terror
Campaign: Operation Iraqi Freedom
Medals & Commendations: Bronze Star Medal with ‘V’ device for Valor and Gold Star, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal w/ Gold Star, Combat Action Ribbon w/2 Gold Stars, Presidential Unit Citation w/ Bronze Star, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal w/2 Bronze Stars, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/bronze star, Kosovo Campaign w/bronze star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/ two Bronze Stars, Iraq Campaign Medal w/ Bronze Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/silver star, Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Deployment Ribbon, NATO Kosovo Ribbon, NATO ISAF Afghanistan Medal w/ Bronze Star, Expert Rifle Medal, Expert Pistol Medal.
Hometown: State College, PA
SOC Koch died of combat-related injuries suffered from small arms fire during combat operations.