Highway renamed for soldier killed in Afghanistan

Published 1:23 pm Tuesday, April 7, 2009

A two-mile section of U.S. Highway 90 in Gautier has been named in the honor of Maj. Michael Green, a soldier killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

The 36-year-old Gautier native was killed Jan. 7, 2008, when the Humvee he was riding in struck a roadside bomb and exploded.

Green wasn’t scheduled for missions that day, but volunteered.

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Green was a former student at Pascagoula High and had been in Afghanistan for about a month, training soldiers to disarm land mines and bombs.

Those who gathered in Gautier Friday to honor Green recalled a man who vowed as a child to serve his country.

A new highway sign will be a permanent reminder of Green’s sacrifice.