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Army Pfc. Paul E. Conlon

Died August 15, 2008 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Somerville, Mass.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died Aug. 15 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device and then received small-arms and rocket-propelled-grenade fire. Also killed was 1st Lt. Donald C. Carwile.

Soldier, Marine from Mashpee honored

The Associated Press

MASHPEE, Mass. — Friends and family on Cape Cod are honoring two young servicemen from Mashpee who died in Iraq and Afghanistan one day apart.

Gov. Deval Patrick and Lt. Gov. Tim Murray also are among those expected to attend a memorial service this afternoon for 19-year-old Marine Pfc. Daniel McGuire, killed Aug. 14 in Iraq.

McGuire’s service is being held at Christ Chapel in Centerville.

The body of 21-year-old Army Pfc. Paul Conlon, killed Aug. 15 in Afghanistan, was flown to the Cape yesterday with military honors.

A funeral Mass for Conlon will be Tuesday at Christ the King Parish in Mashpee.

Both servicemen will be buried at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

The town held a candlelight vigil for the Mashpee High School graduates on Monday night.

Soldier remembered as generous, fun-loving

The Associated Press

MASHPEE, Mass. — A 21-year-old Mashpee soldier killed in Afghanistan is remembered as a fun-loving poet and musician who was generous to others.

Gov. Deval Patrick, Lt. Gov. Tim Murray and Sen. John Kerry flew back from the Democratic National Convention in Denver to attend a funeral service Tuesday for Army Pfc. Paul Conlon, the second serviceman from the Cape Cod town to be mourned this week.

At Christ the King church, the Rev. Daniel Hoye said Conlon was a poet at heart who had a collection of his poems published as a class project.

Conlon’s aunt, Victoria Baron, asked for a round of applause rather than a moment of silence for her nephew, only four years younger than herself.

A memorial service was held Saturday for 19-year-old Marine Pfc. Daniel McGuire, killed in Iraq on Aug. 14, the day before Conlon died.

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