Michael Lugar grew up in Luzerne, Pennsylvania in lower-middle class family with his two loving parents and five siblings. Michael Lugar was 17 years old when he was enlisted into the Navy. He served as a Seaman First Class with the Advanced Amphibious Base Forces. He died June 6, 1944 during the invasion of Normandy. In his unit he was known as a "striker" sirnce his position may have learned numerous skills through on the job training including a seaman, an airman,  a hospitalman, a fireman or a constructionman. Seamen learned handling lines, tying up ships, and navigating the ships. 

        After his death, Lugar was awarded the Purple Heart. The Purple Heart medal is given to service members who have been injured of killed from enemy action while serving in the U.S. military. This medal shows that he greatly sacrificed himself, or paid the ultimate price, while in line of duty.  

        Throughout his short, challenging career, he exemplified Navy values and made contributions to the Navy that will never be forgotten. He served for our nation and with our nation's interests in mind, so, Michael Lugar, you are thanked eternally for both your service and sacrifice. 

A picture of Michael Lugar's grave in the Normandy American Cemetery.

A picture of the Purple Heart medal. It is the only one that is awarded without regard to any person's favor. Any soldier, whether navy, marines, airman, who has shed blood for this country has the chance of receiving the award. 

Normandy American Cemetery is located in Colleville-sur-Mer, France. It is home to the graves of 9,387 Americans, most of who died in the D-Day Landings. Lugar's grave is located Plot D, Row 15, Grave 31.