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CHAND, MICHAEL K., USMC (Retired) On April 2, 2010, SgtMaj Michael K. Chand, USMC Retired, will be laid to rest at Glen Abbey Memorial Park with full Military Honors, at 11:30 a.m. Michael was previously listed as deceased in August of 2007, after his family was notified by the U.S. State Department that he had been killed in a roadside ambush while working as a private security contractor supporting U.S. Reconstruction efforts in Iraq. His status was later changed to missing, due to conflicting reports concerning his death and possible capture. Although Michael's whereabouts and welfare stayed unknown for over 2 1/2 years, his remains were finally turned over to U.S. Forces in Iraq on March 13, 2010. Following DNA and other testing, he was positively identified and subsequently returned to his family. He received a hero's transport under USAF escort from Baghdad, Iraq to Dover, DE. On March 29, 2010, his remains were returned to San Diego, CA under the escort of LtCol Rob Smullen USMC, Michael's longtime friend and former Platoon Commander. He received a solemn and most esteemed welcome at the San Diego International Airport surrounded by his family, friends, priest, and other security personnel. A private funeral Mass was held on March 31, 2010, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in the company of his family and close friends. Michael was a loving husband, caring father, great friend, and very dedicated Marine. He loved going to the beach, barbequing with his family, and teaching his children the importance of family and of helping others. Michael was extremely loyal, fair, compassionate, and generous with his time. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sally Provencio-Chand, his children, Christina Mahon, 1stLt Michael K. Chand Jr., Brenda Chand, and Ryan Chand. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Navy Federal Credit Union, C/O Michael K. Chand Children's Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 3001, Merrifield, VA 22119-3001.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Apr. 2, 2010
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