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Army Master Sgt. Michael L. McNulty

Died June 17, 2005 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

36, of Knoxville, Tenn.; assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.; killed June 17 while conducting combat operations in Qaim, Iraq.

Tennessee soldier dies in Iraq

Associated Press

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A Tennessee soldier who went to high school in Illinois has died during combat operations in Iraq, the Department of Defense said Tuesday.

Master Sgt. Michael L. McNulty, 36, of Knoxville, Tenn., was killed Friday by small-arms fire when his unit was attacked in Qaim, Iraq.

He was assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command headquarters at Fort Bragg.

McNulty enlisted in the Army after graduating from high school in Elgin, Ill., in 1986. After a brief separation of service he re-enlisted in 1994 and served with the 327th Infantry Regiment at Fort Campbell, Ky., and later in Hawaii as a rifle squad leader, instructor and reconnaissance squad leader.

McNulty is survived by his wife, Paula, and four children. The family issued a statement thanking friends and the members of the military for their “steadfast support and heartfelt sympathy.”

“For those of you who knew Michael, you knew he was fully committed to both his family and his career,” the family said.

McNulty, who was posthumously promoted to master sergeant, earned at least 20 medals during his career, including three Bronze Stars, the Iraq Campaign Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal.

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