(Editor's note: This is from Joint Base Lewis-McChord)
According to the Dept. of Defense, Pfc. Michael R. Demarsico II, 20, of North Adams, MA died Aug. 16, near Panjwa’I, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when he encountered an enemy improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
According to unit records, Pfc. Demarsico entered the U.S the U.S. Army in February 2011 and reported to Fort Benning, GA for Army Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training in MOS 11B (Infantryman). Upon completion of training he arrived at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in July 2011 and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. He deployed to Afghanistan with his brigade in December 2011. This was his first deployment.
Pfc. Demarsico’s civilian and military education includes High School Diploma, Combatives Level One (2011), Military Occupational Specialty 11B: Infantryman (2011).
His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge.
On behalf of the entire Joint Base Lewis-McChord military and civilian community, we extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Pfc. Demarsico.