Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Army Cpl. Graham M. McMahon

Remember Our Heroes

Army Cpl. Graham M. McMahon, 22, of Corvallis, Ore.

Cpl. McMahon was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Lewis, Wash.; died Sept. 19, 2007 in Balad, Iraq, from a non-combat-related illness.

Fort Lewis medic who died in Iraq honored by hometown
By The Associated Press

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Friends, family and state leaders gathered Friday to remember Graham McMahon — an Army corporal with the Fort Lewis Stryker Brigade and a medic who died in Iraq.

McMahon was remembered as a son, a brother and a friend by those who knew him well and scores of people he'd made smile over the years.

State officials also honored the soldier. Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski said the state had lost a rising star, "a young hero who walked into harm's way."

U.S. Rep. Darlene Hooley flew from Washington, D.C., to share condolences.

McMahon, 22, graduated from Corvallis High School in 2003 and attended Oregon State University before enlisting in the Army in 2004.

He deployed to Iraq in April with the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, Stryker Brigade out of Fort Lewis. His fellow soldiers called him "Doc."

After returning to base from a patrol Sept. 19, McMahon suddenly became ill and died en route to the hospital. The cause has yet to be determined.

Seattle Post Intelligencer -- Cpl. Graham M. McMahon, 22, of Corvallis, Ore., died Wednesday of a non-combat-related illness, the Pentagon said. McMahon served with the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division from Fort Lewis.

McMahon, who joined the Army in 2004, graduated from the Army's health care specialist course for combat medics at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, before arriving at Fort Lewis.

Army Cpl. Graham M. McMahon died in Iraq on 9/19/07.

1 comment:

Jill said...

Time heals nothing, it seems. Your absence is just as painful today as it was a year ago.
You were the closest person to a little brother that I will ever have. I miss you more than words can ever describe. I will always remember your smile, warmth, stubbornness, and friendship fondly. Thank you for 5 wonderful years, Graham.