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Procession for Sgt. McCloskey tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.
Tue, 09/22/2009 - 12:18pmBy: John Munford
Public may line procession route from Falcon Field

The homecoming for former Peachtree City resident Sgt. Shawn P. McCloskey, who died Sept. 16 while serving in Afghanistan, will occur tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.

At that time Sgt. 1st Class McCloskey, a highly-decorated Green Beret who served in Special Forces, will land at Falcon Field in Peachtree City with his military escort.

From Falcon Field, the procession will go north on Ga. Highway 74 before turning east on Ga. Highway 54 all the way into downtown Fayetteville. The procession will then turn onto north Jeff Davis Drive before ending at Mowell Funeral Home.

McCloskey is survived by his wife Jessica, daughter Katie and son Collin of Raeford, N.C., parents Patrick and Kathryn McCloskey, sister Kelly A. (McCloskey) Anderson and nieces Morgan and Emma Anderson of Fayetteville.

McCloskey lived in Peachtree City and worked for Leslie Construction before enlisting in the Army, though he did not grow up in the city as reported by the Army. He was serving his third tour in the Global War on Terror when his vehicle was struck by an explosive device Sept. 15, according to the Army. At the time he was patrolling in the Afghan city of Ghur Ghuri in support of combat operations while serving with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

A visitation will be held Friday, Sept. 25 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Tyrone. A vigil for the deceased will begin at 7 p.m. and a funeral mass will be held Saturday, Sept. 26 at 10:30 a.m., also at St. Matthew.

In lieu of flowers the family is asking friends to donate to the Katie and Colin McCloskey scholarship fund at any Regions Bank location.

McCloskey, a native of Hudson, N.Y., was assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, non-commissioned officer professional development ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Special Operations Diver Supervisor Badge and the Special Forces Tab.

McCloskey’s military education includes the Warrior Leader’s Course, Basic NCO Course, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, Basic Airborne Course, Jumpmaster Course, Combat Diver Course, Special Operations Diving Supervisor Course, Air Movement Operations Course, Special Operations Target Interdiction Course and Special Forces Qualification Course.

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