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Michael C. O'Neill
Sergeant, United States Army
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NEWS RELEASE from the United States Department of Defense
No. 1203-04
IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 22, 2004
Media Contact: Army Public Affairs - (703) 692-2000 Public/Industry Contact: (703)428-0711

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sergeant Michael C. O’Neill, 22, of Mansfield, Ohio, died November 21, 2004, in Landstuhl, Germany, of accidental injuries sustained on November 17, 2004, at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, during preparations for combat operations. O’Neill was assigned to the Army’s 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia.

For further information related to this release contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.



27 November 2004:

MANSFIELD, OHIO - Sergeant Michael C. O'Neill, 22, who died Sunday from wounds sustained in an accidental grenade explosion in Afghanistan, will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

The time and date of his burial have not been announced. Calling hours for O'Neill are Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors. Mass of Resurrection will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Resurrection Parish, officiated by the Rev. Stanley Szybka.

An Army Ranger, O'Neill was injured during preparations for a combat mission in Afghanistan. He is the son of George and Holly O'Neill of Mansfield.

O'Neill joined the U.S. Army after graduation from Mansfield Senior High School. He served with the 3rd Battalion of the Army Ran-gers, 75th Ranger Regiment, stationed in Fort Benning, Georgia. As an active duty member of the Armed Forces, he is eligible for burial in Arlington National Cemetery.

O'Neill is the second Mansfield soldier to die in combat this year. Specialist Allen "A.J." Vandayburg, 20, was killed April 9 in a battle with insurgents in Iraq.


O'NEILL, MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER
SGT   US ARMY
DATE OF BIRTH: 05/07/1982
DATE OF DEATH: 11/21/2004
BURIED AT: SECTION 8-DD  ROW 5  SITE 1
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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Posted: 27 November 2004  Updated: 3 September 2005 Updated: 30 May 2006
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M C O'Neill Gravesite PHOTO May 2006
Photo Courtesy of Holly, May 2006