Over $80K raised for family of NJ soldier killed in combat

Kimberly Dole
December 24, 2019 - 2:52 pm
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WESTWOOD, NJ (1010 WINS) -- Over $50,000 has been raised just hours after the U.S. military announced a soldier from Bergen County had been killed in combat.

Westwood native, Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Goble, 33, was injured in the Kunduz Province Sunday and died from his injuries on Monday, officials said.

GoFundMe page was created on Monday with a goal of $150,000 and has raised more than half of that for his family in a short period of time.

"We lost a true American hero yesterday. Anyone that crossed paths with Mike was truly blessed. I have never met a soldier that was more passionate and patriotic than Mike Goble," wrote Lisa Barker of Connecticut, who organized the GoFundMe.

According to the military, Goble was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

The military's claims that the Taliban was responsible for Goble's death is accurate.

"The incident is still under investigation," Lt. Col. Loren Bymer of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command said in an email on Tuesday.

Goble is survived by his partner, Jen, and daughter, Zoey, according to the GoFundMe page.

On Tuesday, he was remembered as being an exemplary man, soldier and father by friends, family and officials.

"He loved this country endlessly, and paid the ultimate sacrifice for it, fighting for our freedom," Barker wrote on the website, adding "Times are going to be very hard over the next few months. Let’s do what we can to support this family and do right by Mike."

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