More Details on Veterans Killed in Train Crash 11/16/12
November 16, 2012
Midland - We are learning more about the four soldiers and marines who died in the train crash in Midland.
CBS7 is told Chief Warrant Officer Gary Stouffer had been in the Marine Corps for 17 years and married to Catherine Kennedy for 16 years.
He leaves behind a 16-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old son.
CWO Stouffer served in Albania, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.
He was injured in Afghanistan after his vehicle was hit by IED's.
CWO Stouffer had been awarded two combat action ribbons, commendation medals, campaign medals and other awards.
According to a recent report, he was awaiting approval for the Purple Heart.
Sgt. Major Lawrence Boivin served in the U.S. Army for 24 years and served several times in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Back in 2004, he was injured in Iraq, Sgt. Major Boivin was hit by an RPG.
Sgt. Boivin had been awarded a Silver Star, Purple Heart, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal and the Bronze Star.
He leaves behind his wife, Angela.
Sgt. Major William Lubbers served our country in the U.S. Army for 24 years, many of those years were in Special Forces.
Sgt. Major Lubbers served several times in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
During his second tour in Afghanistan, his arm was shattered by a bullet.
He was awarded the Special Forces and Ranger Tabs, Master and Freefall Parachutist Badges, three Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart and other award.
Sgt. Major Lubbers leave behind his wife of 19 years, Tiffanie, an 18-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter.
Sgt. Joshua Michael joined the U.S. Army shortly after the September 11th attacks and was among the first to head to Iraq in 2003.
Sgt. Michael leaves behind his wife of 15 years, Daylyn, a 14-year-old son and a 7-year-old daughter.
In 2006, Sgt. Michael was injured three times by IED's in three separate incidents.
Sgt. Michael was awarded two Purple Hearts and three ARCOMS.