SSgt. Michael D. Bruzgis
September 26, 1978 – December 1, 2012
Staff Sgt. Michael D. Bruzgis of Delanco, formerly of Secaucus, NJ, died Saturday, December 1, 2012 while serving in the United States Army. He served with distinction for two tours of duty in Iraq and one tour of duty Afghanistan, where he earned two Army Commendation Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, the Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, and the Global War on Terrorism service Medal. SSgt. Bruzgis is survived by his mother, Harriett (Kramer) Bruzgis; his brothers, Thomas and Christopher; and two nieces, Emily and Elizabeth. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Bruzgis, Sr. SSgt. Bruzis not only dedicated his life to the service of our country, but also was a dedicated son, brother, uncle and friend and had a tremendous impact on so many lives, including befriending and consoling of the surviving family members of fallen soldiers. SSgt. Bruzgis had specialized training in several fields, including but not limited to "Pathfinder" and "Paratrooper," and cross trained in American and foreign weapons. The family will receive their friends from 2 to 6 p.m. on Monday, December 10th, at Mack Memorial Home, 1245 Paterson Plan Rd., Secaucus, NJ 07094. SSgt. Bruzgis will have a second visitation at Sweeny Funeral Home, 337 Bridgeboro St., Riverside, NJ 08075 on Tuesday, December 11th from 6 to 9 p.m. and again on Wednesday, Dec. 12th from 9 to 10 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 a.m. at Jesus the Good Shepherd Church (St. Peter's site), 101 Middleton St., Riverside. SSgt. will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
- Visitation Monday, December 10, 2012
- Visitation Tuesday, December 11, 2012
- Funeral Mass Wednesday, December 12, 2012
- Interment at a later date
SSgt. Michael D. Bruzgis
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January 6, 2013
Rest in Peace SSG Bruzgis. I will always have the utmost and deepest respect for you. A true SOLDIER and NCO.
SSG Eric Trace
December 17, 2012
Rest in Peace, Michael. To all those late nights in the Field arguing about what MRE ingredients made the better RANGER PUDDING.
December 16, 2012
Rest in peace Michael.
SPC Zachary F Clark
December 13, 2012
SSG Bruzgis was a great soldier and an even better man. I remember our time in 1-41 HHC well. Although we lost touch as sometimes happens in the ARMY I'll remember those days the rest of my life. RIP SSG
For the Commander, Carroll R. Michaud
December 12, 2012
The Final Salute
“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.
This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to SSG Michael D. Bruzgis our Brother in Arms. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Michael. And to Michael it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for his service in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedoms and for the selfless sacrifices he made for his country while serving with the U.S. Army. No greater love and patriotism is shown than a man dedicate his life in service to his country. Michael, you are a brave Army Warrior and a true Patriot. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at ease. Rest in Peace.
On behalf of the 1,261 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion in Shreveport, Louisiana, I extend our sympathies and our condolences to Michael's family and loved ones.
Stephen J. Lavery, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 S. Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109
Janet and James Colamarino
December 11, 2012
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.