New Jersey Soldier Killed In Russian Roulette Game

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Army says an Alaska soldier who killed himself in a drunken game of Russian roulette had completed two tours of duty in Iraq.

The new information about 26-year-old Sgt. Michael M. McCloskey of Beverly, N.J., says his last tour was in November 2009.

Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson says McCloskey joined the Army in August 2002 and served at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and Fort Bragg, N.C. He arrived in Alaska in March 2010 and served as a construction equipment operator and construction engineer with the 84th Engineer Company, 6th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.

McCloskey shot himself early Sunday at the home of fellow soldier Jacob Brouch in the Anchorage suburb of Eagle River.

Brouch is charged with second-degree murder and weapons misconduct.

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  1. DEAR TOM G THIS SITE IS FOR SOAPBOXES says:

    SOMETHING TELLS ME TOM G HAS NOT FACE THE EFFECTS OF WAR,

    TELL ME TOM G, HOW YOU WON THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR, WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED. SEEMS YOUR MIND IS CLOSED….

    UNCLE DILBERT

  2. Dear Maureen McHugh-Castro says:

    WHILE I RESPECT YOUR OPINION, RESPONDING THAT THE MILITARY IS VOLUNTARY, HOW MANY MEN HAVE YOU PERSONALLY KILLED ?

    NOTHING LIKE A BLOWN OFF LEG TO SEE THINGS DIFFERENTLY

    1962- 1966 VET
    HH OF OXFORD CIRCLE

  3. Maureen McHugh-Castro says:

    I am a veteran – 22 years of active duty. Military service is voluntary.

  4. ANY VETERAN WILL TELL YOU , says:

    THE BLAME FOR HIS DEATH RESTS ULTIMATELY WITH ALL OF US. FOR WE HAVE
    NOT SPOKEN OUT LOUD, WITH ENO0GH IS ENOUGH. THE BOOBS IN WASHINGTON, SHOULD BE INDICTED, BUT SADLY WE CANT NAME NAMES OR
    WE TOO , WILL BE TRIED FOR SEDITION, WAR CRIMES , ETC, FOR OPPOSING THE
    GOOD OLD US OF A.

    SAD, SAD SAD,

    1. Greg Brown says:

      I blame the two idiots playing with a loaded gun.

    2. Tom G says:

      Get off your soap box

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