- Operation Enduring Freedom
- Operation Freedom’s Sentinel
- Operation Inherent Resolve
- Operation Iraqi Freedom
- Operation New Dawn
- Operation Odyssey Lightning
- Operation Spartan Shield
- U.S. Africa Command Operations
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- The People Behind The Sacrifice
Marine Sgt. William J. Callahan
Died April 27, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom
28, of South Easton, Mass.; assigned to 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died April 27 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq.
Massachusetts Marine killed in Iraq
The Associated Press
EASTON, Mass. — A Marine Corps explosives disposal technician from Massachusetts was killed in combat in Iraq, military officials announced April 30.
Sgt. William J. Callahan, 28, of South Easton, died April 27 in Al Anbar province. He was assigned to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Callahan joined the Marine Corps in 2002 and was assigned to the company in 2005 after being trained in explosives disposal, said 2nd Lt. Richard Ulsh, public information officer for the 2nd Marine Logistics Group at Camp Lejeune.
Callahan had previously served in Iraq and was most recently deployed earlier this year, Ulsh said.
He had received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Ulsh said.
Slain Easton Marine was new father
The Associated Press
EASTON, Mass. — The Marine from Easton killed in Iraq was a new father who was remembered by his relatives as a hero who loved the outdoors, his country and his family.
“Bill was a hero to all of us and I feel fortunate and blessed to have spent the last 10 years of my life with him,” his widow, Amy Callahan, wrote in a brief statement issued May 1.
Callahan’s father, Joseph Callahan III, told The Enterprise of Brockton that Amy gave birth to a son three weeks ago.
“His wife meant the world to him,” he said.
Callahan joined the Marine Corps in 2002 and was assigned to the company in 2005 after being trained in explosives disposal.
The Marine Corps Engineer Association named him the Marine Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician of the Year. He earned the citation for disarming an improvised explosive device in November 2005 while another bomb exploded under his vehicle and killed two Marines. He helped save others injured in the blast, then returned to investigate the bombs used in the attack while still being fired at.
He also received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and was deployed to Iraq for a second time earlier this year.
“He re-enlisted because he and the people he was with believed in our country,” his father said. “They believed it was worth standing up for.”
But his grandmother remembered him as a boy who grew up playing basketball, riding dirt bikes and enjoying the outdoors.
“To us ... he was Billy,” she said.