DOVER - Sean W. Mullen passed away on June 2, 2013 while conducting combat operations in the Nimroz Province of Afghanistan. Born on March 13, 1974 in Allentown, Pa. he moved to Delaware at the age of three. Sean grew up in Dover and graduated from the Caesar Rodney High School in 1992. As a child Sean enjoyed playing sports and being a Boy Scout and was known as "The Organizer" of the neighborhood baseball games for years. After high school Sean attended Delaware Technical and Community College and had gone on to serve in the Maryland National Guard. In 1995 Sean went on active duty with the U.S. Army where he served as an Infantryman with the 101st Airborne Division. He later served as an instructor for the Airborne and Pathfinder courses at Fort Benning, GA. Sean was selected for and completed the Special Forces Qualification Courses in April of 2007 and served as a Senior Medical Sergeant. In November 2012 he was appointed as a Warrant Officer One and rejoined Company Bravo, 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Ky. as the Assistant Detachment Commander for Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha 5221 and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan. In total Sean deployed six times in support of Overseas Contingency Operations. Sean was incredibly humble about the many military awards and decorations that he earned throughout his military career. Most notably Sean had received personal commendations from the Commanding General of the United States Army Special Forces Command and was awarded the prestigious Bruce E. Price Leadership Award. He earned two Bronze Stars prior to his death and a third, along with the Purple Heart, posthumously. He was an Expert Infantryman and Master Parachutist. He also earned the Combat Infantryman Badge along with several other decorations and awards. Sean married the love of his life, Nancy Nelson Mullen in 2005 in Scobey, Montana. They were happily married for seven years and enjoyed life in Tennessee with their ever faithful dog children, Patton and Gwennie. More than once Sean and Nancy have rescued and treated stray dogs at their own expense. Sean had enjoyed hunting, collecting antique guns and renovating old Jeeps. As an adult he became an avid reader with a passion for learning how to be the best at everything he did. He had a strong network of Army brothers who have surrounded the family with love and support. He was known to his Army comrades as a "walking encyclopedia", a leader, mentor and teacher. One of his teammates stated it like this; "there are men alive today because of Sean". In addition to his loving wife, Sean is survived by his devoted parents William and Miriam Mullen as well as his sister Christina Eilers (George) all of Dover, Del. He was a very special uncle to Leo and Willow Eilers of Dover and Keeley Nelson of Colo. Besides being Godfather to his nephew Leo, Sean was also Godfather to his best friend's child, Joseph Deluzio of Tenn. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 631 S. State St. Dover, DE 19901 on Saturday June 22, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will be held at the church prior to the Mass starting at 9:30 a.m until 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to the Interment with full Military Honors on Tuesday June 25, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. Condolences may be made on Sean W. Mulllen's online guest book at www.legacy.com or www.ambruso.com In addition the family asks that we all remember our Service Men and Women on foreign soil and the sacrifices they and their families are making to better the lives of others. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in Sean's memory to the Special Forces Association, Chapter 38, Attn: Treasurer, PO Box 223, Fort Campbell, KY 42223 or visit www.sfa38.org Life's End Services are by Michael J. Ambruso Funeral Director, Inc. Dover, DE.
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Published in NewsZapDE on June 19, 2013