GUNNERY SGT THOMAS J SULLIVAN
From: Hampden, Massachusetts
Entered service: September 1997
Occupation: Field artillery cannoneer
Deployments: Iraq (September 2007 to April 2008, September 2004 to April 2005)
Sullivan, from Springfield, Massachusetts served two tours of duty in Iraq, survived the battle of Abu Ghraib and was a two-time Purple Heart recipient.
‘There’s no Marine you would want that was better in combat than him,’ Sullivan’s friend, Josh Parnell, told Patch. ‘He’d been shot at so many times over the years and then for this to happen at home in the United States.’