Army specialist from Watauga is killed in Afghanistan

08/28/2011 11:01 PM

10/09/2011 11:20 AM

Editor's note: The report was originally published in the Star-Telegram on Aug. 29, 2011.

WATAUGA -- An Army specialist who graduated from Richland High School died Saturday from injuries he suffered when insurgents attacked his unit in Afghanistan, according to his brother and the Defense Department on Sunday.

Spc. Michael Roberts, 23, was on his second tour when he was killed, Patrick Roberts said.

"He wanted to make a positive influence," Patrick Roberts said in a telephone interview Sunday. "He was such a generous person."

An older brother, Brian Roberts, is serving in the Army in the United States.

Spc. Roberts was killed in Kandahar province when his unit was hit by an improvised explosive device blast.

Army Pfc. Jesse W. Dietrich of Venus was killed Thursday in the same province when his unit was attacked.

Spc. Roberts joined the Army in November 2007 just months after graduating from Richland High.

He was assigned to the 561st Military Police Company, 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade.

His first tour was in 2009 to Iraq. His awards and decorations included the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

At Richland, he played the tuba in the band and was a varsity wrestler.

He was the third brother in the family to serve in the Army.

Along with his brother Brian Roberts of Watauga, his survivors include his parents, David and Kathy Roberts, and brother Patrick Roberts of Fort Worth.

Funeral services are pending.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

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