Sean Patrick O'Connor
Second Lieutenant, United States Army
Sean Patrick O’Connor 27, of Savannah, Georgia, died October 19, 2008 at his home. The funeral will be held November 3, 2008 at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.
A memorial service was held at the 603rd Aviation Support Battalion on October 29, 2008 Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia. Sean was currently assigned BN S-2 Officer.
Sean was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Terry and Julia O’Connor. He was raised in Virginia through high school where he excelled in baseball.
Sean enlisted in the army in 2000 as an Infantryman, assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington. While as an enlistee he received the Army Service Ribbon, Expert Infantry Badge and the Army Commendation, Army Achievement and National Defense Medals.
After 34 months as an enlisted member Sean received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He graduated with the class of 2007 with a Bachelor of Science Degree and a specialty of Arabic Linguistics.
Sean was deployed to Iraq in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, returning in July 2008, to his wife of one year and to meet his new daughter, Kylie.
He is survived by his wife Marissa and daughter Klyie O’Connor of Hawaii; Grandmother, Julia Gamboa: mother, Julie Duprey, sister, Amanda Duprey and brother, Kevin Duprey of Virginia, Father, Terry O’Connor and sister Desirae O’Connor of Cass Lake, Minnesota, aunt, Ali Budreau of St. Cloud, Minnesota, great uncles Melvin Smith, Calvin Smith of Bemidji and Richard O’Connor of Chicago Illinois, and many, many friends, relatives and fellow servicemen and women who will dearly miss him.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather,
Robert O’Connor, Armondo Gamboa, grandmother, Rubie O’Connor and sister,
Second Lieutenant Sean P. O’Connor died of non-combat related injuries while stationed at Hunter Army Air Field, Savannah, Georgia.
O’Connor was born in Chicago, Illinois. From the age of 18 months, Virginia was his home. He grew up as an outstanding athlete on the soccer, baseball and football fields of Northern Virginia. He was a parishioner of St. Michael’s Church in Annandale and Church of the Nativity in Burke. He attended Fairfax County Public Schools and was a 1999 graduate of Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School in Arlington.
O’Connor enlisted in the U.S. Army on August 24, 2000. Upon graduating from Infantry One Station Unit Training, he served as an infantryman at Fort Lewis, Washington, and Germany. During 2002-03, he attended the West Point Preparatory School, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, with distinction. On June 24, 2003 he was honorably discharged from the Army. He immediately re-entered the Army as a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He excelled scholastically in the top 10 percent of his class, achieving the dean’s list. He was co-captain of the West Point Judo Team and was an outstanding and dedicated black belt competitor. On May 26, 2007 he realized his dream and graduated from West Point and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Military Intelligence branch. He was assigned to the 603rd Aviation Support Battalion at Hunter Army Air Field.
O’Connor deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom V/VI. Upon redeployment, he assumed his duties in the battalion and was preparing himself and his section for future combat operations in support of Global War on Terror.
He was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on November 3, 2008.
His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal and the Expert Infantry Badge.
O’Connor is survived by his wife Marissa and daughter Kylie of Waipahu, Hawaii. His memory will forever be cherished by his mother Julia DuPrey, sister Amanda, brother Kevin and grandmother Julia of Burke, his father Terence and sister Desirae of Cass Lake, Minnesota, and his stepfather James of Alexandria. Sean O’Connor is predeceased by his hero and inspiration, his grandfather Armando G. Romero of Burke and his grandparents Robert and Rubie O’Connor, Cass Lake, Minnesota.
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Posted: 3 November 2008 Updated: 29 November 2008 Updated: 25 February 2009
Photo By Holly, February 2009