|Sgt. Michael J Yarbrough
United States Marine Corps
KIA 06 September 2007, Anbar Province, Iraq
|Marine Sgt. Michael J. Yarbrough
24, of Malvern, Ark.; assigned to 3rd Assault amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary
Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died Sept. 6 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq. Also
killed were Cpl. Christopher L. Poole Jr., Cpl. Bryan J. Scripsick and Staff Sgt. John C. Stock.
Memorial Page Established by- Amanda
In Honor Of Sgt. Michael Yarbrough
On this sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks that
shook America's core, the family of a Traskwood Marine is mourning his
death. Sergeant Michael Yarborough joined the Marines right after the
September 11 attacks.
He died in Iraq, when a car bomb exploded while he checked cars
crossing the Iraqi border. Fox16's Jennifer Akers talked to Yarbrough's mother
today about the son she calls an American hero.
"Michael was the class clown, he could make you laugh, no matter what
mood you were in, he could make you laugh. He'd wear two pairs of pants,
so that he had extra padding.
He knew when he was going to get a paddling, he knew," said Rhonda
Kidder. Sergeant Michael Yarbrough's mom, Rhonda Kidder says 24-year-old
Michael was her son, best friend, and so much more.
"When he would get paid, he would say mom what needs to be paid, we
took care of it together," said Kidder. This was Sgt. Yarbrough's third
tour of duty to Iraq.
To give you some idea of the type of person he was, on his second tour
of duty, Yarbrough volunteered to go, he didn't have to, but he
volunteered, so that his buddy could stay home with his pregnant wife.
Sgt. Yarbrough and his wife Mary, didn't have kids, but doted on his
nieces and nephews, Cole, Cade, and Courtney. Rhonda says if she could
have one more conversation with her son this is what she would say to
"I would hold him, tell him how proud I am, how much I love him, I will
always love him and be proud of him. He died a hero, for our country,
and I support him one hundred percent because that is what he wanted.
He's my hero, he always will be.
He's a true marine," said Kidder. In our Fox16 bottom line, Yarbrough
is the second man from the Malvern area to die serving our country this
past year. You may remember, Private First Class Donovan Witham, died
in August after a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in Iraq.
Yarbrough is the fifty first Arkansan to be killed in Iraq since the war
began in 2003.
May 29, 2014
You don't know me and I don't know you, but this weekend, we will share a bond. My name is Colleen
Unverzagt, 38, mother of 2 small children from Islip, New York. Every year, I run a race called Cpl. Chris
Scherer "I Did the Grid" Memorial Run. When we pick up our bibs, every runner is
assigned 4 soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice. This weekend, your husband/son is on my bib (I
will request a photo of my bib with his name be placed on here). Please know, he will never be
forgotten and my family and I will forever be thankful for his sacrifice and yours. I promise to run those
four miles with all I have to ensure his memory lives on. Thank you again, and God bless.
August 6, 2008
My brave and wonderful son I Love you and miss you so
much, my life will never be the same. They say time eases the pain but I
don't believe that my heart aches for you every minute. You were so
young and had such a wonderful life and always kind to everyone I just
don't understand why you! I promise you will not be forgotten son your
wonderful smile loving heart will forever be with us. I know when you got
to Heaven you held your twin babies so tight I wish I could have seen
the joy on your face. I know you are in a better place son and someday
I will hold you in my arms again.
I Love you Forever and always
June 9, 2008
I served with Sgt Yarbrough for 3 yrs. He was a brother
to me and I miss him so much. To his wife and family i greeve for you.
Mike was there for you when you needed him and could be counted on no
matter what. Miss you lots and i will see you again someday
Kenneth S. Wilcox
February 18, 2008
I love you uncle mike.you will be with me forever. I love
and miss you.
5 months have past and your death is still very raw for me.
You are in my heart now more than ever and I miss you much.
Lots of Love
December 7, 2007
I'll love you always baby brother. You will always be
in my heart. I'll carry you with me forever . I love you so much.