Fallen Missouri Hero – Chief Petty Officer Sean Patrick Sullivan

July 31, 2012 at 3:50 pm | In Uncategorized by admin
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Chief Petty Officer Sean Patrick Sullivan
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Obituary from Legacy.com:

Sullivan, Sean Patrick Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy, age 40 gave his life for his country on July 19, 2012 when his helicopter crashed in Oman during a heavy lift operation. Sean was our hero. His love for his country was surpassed only by his love for his family. He was known as Sully to his friends and was as Irish as the Blarney Stone. He was a gentle bear whose hugs were legendary and frequent. Sean possessed a quiet strength and was kind and generous with a wicked sense of humor. Born in Agana, Guam, Sean was a 1990 graduate of Lindbergh High School. A fourth generation sailor, he entered the United States Navy in 1991 and attended recruit training in RTC Great Lakes, IL. His military education included AMH A School, Aircrew Candidate School, S.E.R.E. School, and various helicopter FRAMP schools. He has served at NAF Atsugi, Japan and helicopter Combat Support Squadron 4 at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily. Chief Sullivan also served ashore at Helicopter Training Squadron 8 NAS Whiting Field, Milton, FL, Naval Recruiting District, St Louis, MO. Sean has served two tours in Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15, once in Corpus Christi and, most recently in Norfolk, VA. Sean’s personal awards include the Air Medal (Strike Flight) (3 Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 Awards), Army Achievement Medal, Pistol Expert, Rifle Expert, and numerous campaign and unit awards. His squadron won the Aviation Battle Efficiency Award for it’s performance in 2011. Sean was named NHA Region FOUR Air Crewman of the Year in 2006. Sean served in Operation Desert Storm, Desert Shield and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sean leaves behind his loving wife and soul mate, Amy, and a large family and countless friends that adored him. Services: Funeral from KUTIS AFFTON Chapel, 10151 Gravois, Wednesday, August 1, 10:30 am to Our Lady of Providence Catholic Church for 11:00 AM Mass. Interment Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials to Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarrior project.com) or Crestwood Veterans Memorial Committee, c/o Connie Melching, Crestwood Police Department, #1 Detjen Drive Crestwood, MO. 63126, appreciated. Visitation Tuesday, 3-8 PM

From Webster-Kirkwood Times:

“Sean was our hero,” his father wrote in an emailed statement. “His love for his country was surpassed only by his love for his family. He was known as ‘Sully’ to his friends and was as Irish as the Blarney Stone. He was a gentle bear whose hugs were legendary and frequent. Sean possessed a quiet strength, and was kind and generous with a wicked sense of humor.”

Chuck Drewett, who has worked with Sullivan’s father at Focus Care Inc. in St. Louis for several years, remembers when Sullivan worked at the office during his teenage years.

“When he was 18, he worked in our office, which was in Kirkwood at the time,” he said. “He pulled me aside one day and said, ‘I’ve signed up for military service with the Navy.'”

Drewett described Sullivan as respectful and reserved.

“In terms of Sean’s personality, he was kind of a quiet kid,” Drewett said. “He didn’t brag on anything he did. He’s one of the local kids and he’s somebody that we can all be proud of.”

Drewett asked people to pray for Sullivan’s family during this difficult time.

“We are absolutely devastated by his loss,” Sullivan’s aunt, Sanda Sullivan, said. “Sean is our hero.”

Memorials may be made to the Crestwood Veterans Memorial Commitee or The Wounded Warrior Project, c/o Connie Melching, Crestwood Police Department, #1 Detjen Drive, Crestwood, MO 63126.

For additional coverage from KSDK, click HERE.

By order of the Governor, all flags at all state and government offices statewide will be flown at half-staff for one full day on Wednesday, August 1, 2012. Flags will continue to be flown at half-staff, in St. Louis County, from Thursday, August 2, 2012, until Tuesday, August 7, 2012 in memory of Chief Petty Officer Sean Patrick Sullivan.

To view the Governor’s order click HERE.
To view online obituary and leave tribute click HERE.