TEXAS CITY — Spc. Michael James Jaurigue was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 11, 1986. He enlisted into the United States Army on April 1, 2005. Upon graduation from Basic Training and Airborne Training Spc. Jaurigue was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division as a Machine Gunner.
Michael James Jaurigue
Carnes Brothers Funeral Home - Texas City
He deployed to Iraq on August 9, 2006, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Spc. Jaurigue was killed in action near Samarra, Iraq on May 26, 2007.
Spc. Jaurigue’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Metal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.
He leaves behind his father, Jose Noe Jaurigue; mother, Juana Nico Jaurigue; sister, Monica Jaurigue; and nephew, Kevin Heimavr; grandparents, Epifanio and Teresa Mata; grandmother, Miqueila Almanza; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
Michael attended Texas City High School and transferred to Dickinson High School where he graduated in 2004. He was listed in Who’s Who Among American High School Students.
On the day of his death, he appeared to his mother in a dream and said, “Mom, I’m coming home, the war is over for me”.
Spc. Jaurigue was a member of American Legion Post 89 in Texas City. He often brought his friends to shoot pool and listen to music.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2007, at 5:00 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. at Carnes Funeral Home, 3100 Gulf Freeway Texas City, Texas 77591, 1.888.822.7637.
A mass will be held a St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 724-3rd Ave North Texas City, Texas 77590, on Friday, June 8, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Tom Ponzini, celebrant. Rite of Committal will follow at Forest Park East in Webster.