Army CPL
Rapid River, MI
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Memorial Location: 

Masonville Township Memorial Park
Rapid River, MI

Killed while in engaged in combat operations when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle near Ar Ramadi, Iraq. Assigned to the 54th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, Warner Barracks, Germany.

Joseph (Joe) P. Micks was born October 18, 1983. He was the older of two sons born to Ken and Amy Micks. He is survived by his parents and his brother, Andrew.

As a young man, Joseph had an energy and a thirst for knowledge, which kept him involved in several activities. At a young age, Joseph joined the local Boy Scout Troop where he earned the Scout’s highest rank of Eagle Scout. Joe was also a member and alter server at St. Charles Church, in Rapid River. He achieved high honors in high school where he helped tutor fellow students. Joseph was involved in the High School Quiz Bowl, Science Olympiad, Key Club, Forestry Club, Golf, Track and helped manage the Basketball team. Joe was also dual enrolled at Bay College and was honored in Who’s Who Among American High School students for two consecutive years. In his spare time Joe would volunteer to fix computer problems for his neighbors in his community. Over the years Joe developed a passion for sports and sports memorabilia. Joe’s pride and joy was his sports card collection which contained well over 15, 000 cards in mint condition.

Graduating in 2002, Joe went on to attend Baker College in Owasso, MI, and soon joined the Michigan National Guard, but wanted more. He wanted to make a difference, so he became a full time active duty soldier in the U.S. Army. Joe was then stationed in Bamberg, Germany, with the Army’s 54th Engineering Battalion, 130th Engineering Brigade. While stationed there he met and married Ramona Mindt, a native of Germany. Soon thereafter, Joseph was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His pride and determination to defend our country was great. He wanted to be a part of ending the War on Terrorism. Life was so different in Iraq and by keeping in touch with his family and friends via email and phone, he was able to captivate them all with his stories of life in Iraq.

CPL Micks’ duties, as a combat engineer included searching out and destroying landmines and roadside bombs. On the morning of July 8, 2006, CPL Joseph P. Micks would make the ultimate sacrifice when a makeshift bomb detonated near his vehicle, killing him and two other soldiers.

CPL Micks will be honored and remembered by his comrades as a valued team member, a very energetic and skilled engineer, and extremely patriotic soldier and a caring friend who will never be forgotten. To his family and friends, Joseph will be remembered as a courageous young man and a brave soldier with a big heart and a goofy sense of humor. His willingness to always help out others and his big, warm smile, will go on living in all who had the proud honor and privilege of knowing him.

Corporal Joseph P. Micks’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the War on Terrorism Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Ribbon and the Combat Action Badge.


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