Michael David P. Cardenaz,
All he wanted to do when he turned 18 was to join the Army, which he did. He wanted to get out of the house and into the world. He wanted to make it a career. He was signed up to be in it forever.
— Priscilla Cardenaz, sister
Cardenaz died Feb. 20 in Kunar, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with rocket-propelled grenades. Cardenaz had served in Kosovo twice, in Iraq twice and was in the middle of an Afghanistan tour when he was killed.
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