Seeley served in the Canadian Forces for almost two years before switching to the U. S. Marines. "The Marines are supposed to be the best. He figures he was the best and that's where he was going," his uncle said. He served with the Marines on his first tour of duty to Iraq, and in Japan, South America, and Africa in his four years. He enjoyed his experience in Iraq and was anxious to return. Upon his discharge from the Marines, he joined the U. S. Army and returned to Iraq last October. He was due to return to the U. S. on Saturday, but an IED prevented that.
His mother said he never questioned the war or his service in it. "He fully believed in it (the war). He fully believed that people were being hurt who shouldn't be hurt and it was their job to protect them. He believed Saddam Hussein had to be stopped and that's what he did."
"He knew the risks. He knew his job was dangerous. He always preached to me, 'Be ready if it does happen. If it doesn't, that's great, but be ready,' he would say to his family." He his survived by his mother, Theresa, his father, Lorne and five siblings.
Chief Terry Nelson of the Roseau River First Nation, an Ojibway, said the American military is more attractive than the Canadian Forces. "The U. S. army treats you a lot better. They're better equipped. In the States, you're well trained, and the spirit is different."
I am so proud of Mike," Berry Ann Lavallee, chief of the New Brunswick Aboriginal Peoples Council, said. "Like so many young aboriginal men and women, Seeley volunteered to serve without regard for what he was being asked to do."
For I bear honor upon your sacred place.
Rest now, fallen comrade,
For I stand castling freedom
Upon your resting place.
Fight no more, fallen comrade,
For I am here to see we are free.
For I will stand, fallen comrade,
Having full knowledge my dress and
Actions reflect on those that surround me,
For I represent a nation
And the state in which I serve.
So rest now, fallen comrade,
For I will bear honor upon this
Sacred place you now honor.
Sergeant Christopher Adams,