Born in Manchester, NH, a native of North Fort Meyers, FL, and a 2001 graduate of Academy High School, Sergeant Michael Roy enlisted in the Marine Corps two weeks after the terrorist attaches of September 11, 2001. He began his career as a Rifleman at Camp Lejeune, NC, later becoming a Security Guard with units including Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) Company, Yorktown, VA and Antiterrorism Battalion, 2nd Marine Division. Sgt. Roy joined MARSOC in March of 2008. He deployed in support of both Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Sgt. Roy was remembered for his steadfast commitment towards life, his family, and the Marine Corps.
While on a mounted combat reconnaissance patrol acting as turret gunner in his vehicle in Khash, Sgt. Roy’s convoy came under rocket propelled grenade and small arms fire from insurgents. Sgt. Roy was killed as a result of the firefight. Sgt. Roy’s personal decorations include the Purple Heart, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, two Combat Action Ribbons, and two Good Conduct Medals.