September 25, 2013

Timothy McGill - U.S. Military

Staff Sgt. Timothy R. McGill, age 30, of Ramsey, New Jersey, died on September 21, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire while conducting range training in Gardez, Paktia Province, Afghanistan.

It has been reported that the attack happened inside the base and the attacker was an Afghan National Army soldier. This has not been confirmed at the time of this posting.

Tim was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group, Middletown, Rhode Island.

Tim graduated from Ramsey High School in 2001 and went straight into the military. He came from a family of police officers and firefighters.

Tim was in Marine Corps boot camp on 9/11, and deployed to Iraq in 2005, before leaving the Marines and returning home to Ramsey. In 2008, he enlisted in the Army National Guard in Rhode Island, and three years later became a member of the Army’s elite Special Forces unit, or Green Berets. He planned to spend his life in the military.

Family members describe him as a gentle giant who everybody loved. He is their hero. He will be forever missed and mourned.

Military comrades describe Tim as a true expert in his field of military operations and a great guy.

Tim served as a member of the Ramsey Volunteer Fire Department. Even when he was
Saint Florian, Patron Saint
of Firefighters, pray for Tim
on leave from the military, he would respond to fire calls.

Tim is survived by many loving friends and relatives, including his mother and father, Carol and Raymond McGill; and his sisters, Megan McGill and Lindsay Vanderbeek.

Thank you for serving, Tim.

Pray without ceasing unto God for an end to this war in Afghanistan. It is enough. We are sick with grief for men like Tim.

Pray that Tim is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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