KIA November 9, 2007
Operation Enduring Freedom
Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 503rd Airborne Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy
CPL Sean Langevin died November 9, 2007 of wounds sustained when his patrol was ambushed by enemy direct fire in Aranus, Afghanistan. Also killed were 1LT Matthew C. Ferrara, SGT Jeffery S. Mersman, SPC Lester G. Roque, and PFC Joseph M. Lancour. He is survived by his wife, Jessica; daughter, Zoe; parents, Roxane and Andrew; and brother, Scott.
Sean was known as a loving son, an Eagle Scout, and a seeker of adventure. He was an avid snowboarder and enjoyed all manner of risk taking. He graduated Ygnacio Valley High School in 2002, got married in January 2006 and enlisted in the Army in February 2006. Family meant everything to Sean, so much so that his mother, Roxane officiated his wedding before he left for the Army, which he saw as the bridge to a law-enforcement career. He was supposed to go to Iraq as part of the troop surge but was sent to Afghanistan instead. “He did this to serve his country and to better our future,” Sean’s wife said. “He’d call and say, ‘Pray for us. It’s getting dangerous out here.’”
Sean didn’t get to meet his daughter, Zoe, who was born three months after his death, but he knew she was going to be a girl and helped pick her name. He and his wife, Jessica, talked every day by phone, planning their future. She said she and her husband didn’t fight and always treated each other well. “I know he was in love with me, and I was in love with him,” she said. “I have no regrets.”
During his deployment to Afghanistan, Sean went on numerous combat patrols and because of his actions during combat he was awarded: two Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars with Valor, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
CPL Sean Langevin was 23 years old from Walnut Creek, California
Original portrait was delivered in February 2008 to Sean’s mother at her home in Walnut Creek, California.
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