KIA June 17, 2005
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
On June 17, 2005, MSG Michael McNulty and MSG Robert Horrigan stormed a known compound of Abu al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaida leader in Iraq who had waged a bloody campaign of suicide bombings and beheading on our troops and the citizens of Iraq. Horrigan and McNulty were the first to enter the doors of the compound when they were hit by an enemy ambush. When they were hit by enemy fire, the call for help went out immediately, “TWO EAGLES DOWN.” Horrigan died instantly from his wounds and McNulty died a few hours later.
“Michael was a loving husband, a dedicated and proud father of four, and a caring son. He was also a soldier who unwaveringly placed our country before himself.” This was the statement made by his family upon learning of his death. McNulty married his high school sweetheart shortly after graduating in 1986 and enlisted in the Army. After completion of initial entry training, he was assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry, Fort Lewis, Washington. After a brief separation of service, he reenlisted in April 1994. McNulty then served with the 327th Infantry Regiment, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and later served with the 27th Infantry Regiment and 25th Infantry Divison (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii as a rifle squad leader, an instructor, and a reconnaissance squad leader. His final assignment was with Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
MSG Michael McNulty was 36 years old from Southern Pines, North Carolina
Original portrait was presented to Michael’s twin brother, Sean, on March 27, 2009 at his home in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he was scheduled to deploy the following day.
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