Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Michael Battles Sr

San Antonio, Texas

October 28, 2004

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
38 Army Sgt 1st Class

1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division

Fort Hood, Texas

Died in Baghdad, Iraq, when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near his checkpoint.

He was an exceptional man and NCO that all his men loved. He is sorely missed by them all!!

State of Texas H.R. No. 905


WHEREAS, The family and friends of U.S. Army Sergeant First 
Class Michael Battles, Sr., of San Antonio suffered an immeasurable 
loss with the death of this brave soldier in Iraq on October 28, 
2004, at the age of 38; and
WHEREAS, A member of the 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery 
Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division based at Fort Hood, Sergeant Battles 
had been to Korea four times and had served in the first Gulf War; 
deployed to Iraq in March 2004, he was killed while manning his 
checkpoint in Baghdad; and
WHEREAS, Born on December 5, 1965, Michael Battles entered 
the Army shortly after graduating from Sam Houston High School in 
San Antonio in 1984; he was a greatly admired role model to the 
soldiers under his command, inspiring his troops with his integrity 
and his positive spirit, as well as a kind and loving family man, 
who cherished his wife and children and his entire extended family; 
WHEREAS, Through his selfless and unfaltering dedication to 
duty, honor, and his country, this courageous young Texan embodied 
the highest ideals of the armed services, and we owe a profound debt 
for the enormous sacrifice that he and his family have paid; he will 
be remembered by his loved ones as a devoted husband, father, son, 
brother, and friend, and it is most fitting that he also be honored 
by the state as a hero; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 79th Texas 
Legislature hereby pay tribute to the life of Sergeant First Class 
Michael Battles, Sr., United States Army, and extend profound 
sympathy to the members of his family: to his wife, Luz Maria 
Batista Battles; to his children, Michael Battles, Jr., and Nataya 
S. Battles; to his stepdaughter, Leeza Weibley; to his mother, 
Ernestine Battles; to his father, Leslie V. Battles, Sr.; to his 
sisters, Carolyn Mumphord and Dottie McHellen; to his brothers, 
Leslie Battles, Jr., and Edward R. Battles; and to his other 
relatives and many friends; and, be it further
RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be 
prepared for the members of his family and that when the Texas House 
of Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of U.S. 
Army Sergeant First Class Michael Battles, Sr.

Speaker of the House 
I certify that H.R. No. 905 was unanimously adopted by a 
rising vote of the House on April 7, 2005.
Chief Clerk of the House 

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