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Army Veterinarian From Holly Springs Dies in Iraq

Posted August 21, 2007
Updated August 22, 2007

— The family of an Army veterinarian from Holly Springs who died Sunday in Iraq is waiting for word from an autopsy this week on what happened, they said Tuesday.

The Army had announced that Capt. Michael S. Fielder, 35, was injured in a non-combat-related incident. Military officials said the investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death was ongoing, and the family said in a statement that it had not been given any details.

An autopsy was to be performed at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, the Fielders said.

Holly Springs officials on Wednesday ordered all flags in town to be flown at half-staff through Friday in Fielder's honor.

Fielder, who received his veterinary medicine degree from North Carolina State University,  cared for military working dogs, his family said. He had attended NCSU's College of Veterinary Medicine on an Army scholarship, and he was due to be discharged in November, the family said. He had joined the military in June 2000.

They said he had planned to go into private practice.

A memorial service for Fielder will be held in Iraq on Saturday. Details for a memorial service in North Carolina had not been finalized, officials said.

Fielder wife, Mary, and the rest of his family said they were organizing a vet school scholarship in his honor.


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  • Kriterian Aug 22, 2007

    That has to be so horrible when you're that close to getting out, especially when you're in a relatively "safe" unit like that. I feel sorry for the family and hope they can make it.

  • stevenjbuyck Aug 21, 2007

    I serve with the same unit with CPT Fielder. Although i didn't have too much direct contact with him, he was always nice and enjoyable to be around. My deepest sympathies go out to his wife, family,and team. He will be missed, and never forgotten

  • Xscout577 Aug 21, 2007

    Deepest condolences to Mrs Fielder, family & friends. May God bless you & give you comfort.

  • Fair Tax Now Aug 21, 2007

    Deepest condolences to wife and family.

  • wcnc Aug 21, 2007

    So very sorry for your loss. It's good to see you having the scholarship in your loved one's memory.

    I am so glad there are people willing to sacrifice their lives for the freedoms of others. I am also thankful there are families willing to sacrifice time with their loved ones so they can go and fight for our freedom and the freedom of others. Without people like that, we wouldn't be living in a country called America.

  • 2alegal Aug 21, 2007

    Thank you serviceman for your service to the US. I am proud to be a part of your country. Prayers for your family. I know you did a good job.