Sgt. Michael Cable: Decorated hero 'always had your back'

Sgt. Michael Cable, 26, of Philpot, was photographed during his deployment in Afghanistan.
Sgt. Michael Cable, 26, of Philpot, was photographed during his deployment in Afghanistan. AP

Michael Cable joined the Army at 19, shortly after graduating from Daviess County High School.

Sgt. Cable, of Philpot, died in Afghanistan March 27 after he was stabbed in the throat in Nangarhar province near the border with Pakistan. He was 26.

Sgt. Cable was a fire support specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell.

It seems both tragic and fitting that Sgt. Cable, described by his sister, Wendy Dickens as "always a kid at heart," was playing with children when he was attacked. Dickens, writing on Facebook, said Sgt. Cable "was my children's hero." Her two young sons "thought he was invincible. He was their own special GI Joe."

Those who knew Sgt. Cable from high school, where he was a standout cross country runner, remember him as a generous friend. "Michael's attitude was contagious. He loved life. . . . He was the type of person that always had your back, even though he might be going through a tougher situation at the time," said Matt Rowe, a cross country teammate.

Sgt. Cable, who had made a surprise visit home in November, was due to return to the United States for a family vacation in June. His tour of duty in Afghanistan was due to end in September. Sgt. Cable had also served in Iraq. He had multiple decorations, including the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart, both awarded posthumously.

Raymond Johnston Jr. said his younger brother entered the Army because "he wanted to help." Sgt. Cable, "just felt that he could be a really good soldier."

Sgt. Cable's body was scheduled to return to Owensboro today with visitation on Friday and the funeral Saturday.

In addition to Dickens and Johnston, Sgt. Cable is survived by his parents, another sister and many friends. We offer them our sympathy and honor his service.