Sean Lee Brock
Brock, Sean Lee
Captain USMC, a lifetime resident of Redondo Beach, CA was killed on 02 Feb. 2005 at 1904 while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in the Al Anbar province of Iraq. He served his country with distinction for 12 years, both enlisted and commisioned with the Marines serving a tour in Afganistan and 2 tours in Iraq. He was also stationed at Pensacola, Camp Pendleton, and Okinawa, Japan in his military career. Sean and Rayme, his fraternal twin, were born at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, CA. Sean was 29 and looked forward to celebrating his 30th birthday on May 11th. Left to mourn his passing is his beloved wife Heather(Rens) Brock, Lieutenant USN, currently stationed in Okinawa, Japan, his mother Anita Brock, twin Rayme Brock, and sisters Kelly Brock and Ivy Blesser-Liby of Redondo Beach. He was greatly loved by his grandmother, Margaret Espelin, grandparents Joe and Phyllis Russo and many nieces, nephews and friends. Sean is best remembered for his love for scuba diving, the outdoors, personal challenges, non-fiction reading and unyielding love for life. Sean had a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and a Master's of Science in Administration. He was currently working on a Doctorate in Public Policy and Administration and a second Master's in International Relations. He also found time to share his love for politics by teaching college courses in American Government and History. He inspired others around him to do more with their lives by living his life with honor and uncompromising principles. He shared dreams with his wife of serving in the Peace Corps, the U.S. State Department, traveling the world and raising children together. Funeral Services will be held Friday, Feb. 11 at 10:00 A.M. at the Neighborhood Church of Palos Verdes, 415 Paseo del Mar in Palos Verdes. Full Military Honors will be held immediately following with procession to the Angels Gate Park in San Pedro. A reception will follow at Fort McArthur. To send the family a message, share a memory or for directions to services please go to the mortuary's website, Rice Mortuary 310-792-7599
Published by Los Angeles Times on Feb. 10, 2005.
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I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love
Gunnery Sergeant Holland
February 2, 2020
I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.
Semper Fidelis
Rest In Peace, Sir
Gunnery Sergeant Holland
February 2, 2020
As we commemorate veteran's day, my thoughts went to Sean. We served together at HQ company in Okinawa, Japan... both from Redondo Beach and University of California graduates. Always passionate and professional Marine. I wish I had spent more time with him.

Freedom is not free.
Li Sung
November 12, 2016
I just recently learned of Sean's passing. We lived in the same building at UCSB. While we were not close, just knowing him has touched my life in ways that I am only now realizing. I only wish I got to know him better. I have been so saddened to hear this news and I hope his family and friends have found some peace and comfort knowing what a brave, kind and wonderful light Sean was and always will be to this world.
Laura Brumer (Gidman)
October 27, 2015
Laura Brumer (fka Gidman)
October 26, 2015
A foundation has been created in Capt. Brock's honor to carry on his legacy and commitment to education:
Bobby Khullar
June 2, 2014
9 years Sir. Miss you and pay homage everyday. RIP

GySgt Holland
Nicholas Holland
February 2, 2014
To the family and friends of Capt. Sean L. Brock:
It has truly been my honor to sign Sean's guest book these past few years. Unfortunately, due to complications from my Multiple Sclerosis, this may be the last message I'm able to write. Please forgive me and know that Sean will always be remembered in my home.
With love and respect ~ Peggy
Peggy Childers
February 2, 2013
February 2, 2012
To the family and friends of Capt. Sean L. Brock:
Always remembering Sean. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
February 4, 2012
To the family and friends of Capt. Sean L. Brock:
Please accept my remembrance of Sean on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
Peggy Childers
February 2, 2011
To the family and friends of Capt. Sean L. Brock:
Remembering Sean on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers
February 2, 2010
Remembering you and feeling the loss.
rest in peace.
August 24, 2009
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Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna Larra
July 8, 2009
I had the honor of serving with Sean with the 13th MEU. He was such a professional and honorable Marine and held everyone to a higher standard. With that great sense of humor and his never ending can-do attitude, he was an example for all to emulate. My prayers for the continued healing of his family and know that Sean is watching over us all now. Capt James L. Williams USMC Ret.
James Williams
February 27, 2009
To the family of Capt. Sean L. Brock:
Sean gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers
February 2, 2009
Although it has been fifteen years since I last saw Capt. Brock. I will never forget the classes we shared as juniors and seniors at Mira Costa. I will never the group of us that all went to boot camp after high school, Conan, Brian, Pat, Brett, Sean, and Rayme.

The last time I rember seeing Capt. Brock was as a young recruit in the chow hall at MCRD San Diego. I was glad to see that he evolved int a fine officer in our beloved Corps. Though I never get to serve with him, I am positive that if he was anything like the friend he was in school he was a damn fine offcer.

You will never be forgotten!
Semper Fi, Sir!!!
Brett Register
December 29, 2008
Devil Dog! I'll never forget the saki round you shared with me at 705 in Hermosa Beach while you were home on leave prior to heading out to Iraq! You're a good man and an incredible Marines and you're missed! Semper Fi!
Marc Randall
November 20, 2008
regrettably the efforts of the doctors and myself could not save you that day. I know you are in the lords hands now, and you sacrifce will never be forgotten by me. Rest well sir.
dustin martin
September 3, 2008
To the family and friends of Capt. Sean L. Brock, our thoughts and prayers are with you in your loss. What he has done for our freedom will not be forgotten. May God bless and comfort your family.
The Buck family
June 22, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Capt Brock!
April 27, 2008
Captain Brock was my Government teacher while we were at Camp Pendleton. He was an enthusiastic, caring, motivated man. Our nation lost a great man, a great Marine.

Proud Marine Wife
January 9, 2008
I don't pretend to know what to say or do that would bring you peace in your time of sorrow, but I will offer my heart felt condolences. I also offer you my prayers that in time the pain will easy and the memories of your HERO will carry you through each day and night. I want to thank your HERO, for his/her selfless act of becoming a member of the armed forces, his/her willingness to defend the United States of America, all that we hold sacred and for the sacrifice that will forever be etched in the memories of all those who knew him/her. Though tears can never bring him/her back, we hope that our tears express our gratitude for the sacrifice that he/she made and our sorrow at his/her passing. I believe for every fallen HERO there is a star shining brightly up above to remind us of the precious gift we were given.

Your mission on earth is complete and you are now a member of GOD’s Heavenly armed forces. Stand down brave warrior and take your rightful place in Heaven with all the HEROES who have passed before.

I made a special promise to LE RON A. WILSON (KIA on 07/06/07) on the day he was laid to rest as I touched his coffin, that I would never forget him nor would I forget those that gave their lives for our country before him, with him and after him and so when I came across, I thought what a great way to keep my promise to Le Ron, so I will continue to leave tributes in each guest book until the day there is no longer the need to leave these tributes to a FALLEN HERO.


Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)
August 7, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Capt Brock and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
July 15, 2007
Capt Brock,

I wish I could have done more.
Chris "Doc Poe" Poe
May 24, 2007
Although it has been several years since Sean has died I want his family to know that he is thought of often. I wear a photo of him on my charm bracellet along with those that also died on Feb 2. Sean died on my birthday and I have chosen that day to remember and lean about the soldiers that sacrificed so much . I will share his story with all that ask.
March 15, 2007
It has been awhile since Sean was taken from us. He has forever found a place in my heart and in my life, and I truly miss him. My section being undermanned in OIF I, He found away to make and keep my Marines happy very time they crossed paths. For that I thank you. I thank God for the time I was able to sit and talk with you. My deepest thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to all that knew him. I cannot believe it has been a year. It feels like just yesterday, he was sitting on his throne that was built for him in Iraq. Now you sit on an even bigger throne. You will never be forgotten Sir.
Edwin Williams
March 7, 2007
I was Sean's chaplain during OIF I. Today is the second anniversary of his death. I was just talking about Sean this past week. He and I would run together with the other junior officers at our base camp in Kuwait. I barely kept up, but was proud to be with them. Sean and I played chess some, but he always beat me! He had his Marines build a book shelf for me shortly after I arrived in country. I was so grateful for this as I had brought several books with me, and no place to store them. Sean gave me a cuban cigar which we smoked at the victory dinner. What a sight that must have been... the chaplain coughing and the young Marines getting a laugh! He was pretty regular at our Sunday morning worship services, and occassionally at the Wednesday evening Bible Studies. I know that he was searching for God's purpose and meaning in his life. We had some great conversations. I really appreciated his friendship and support during those difficult months in the desert.

Heather and I met last year about this time at the Camp Pendleton hospital where she was stationed. It was a tearful time of sharing, remembering, and praying together. (Heather, if you are reading this, I called the Pendleton hospital last month when I was out there to get in touch with you. They did not show you listed on the staff roster. I will be out your way again next week and plan to come by the house to pay my respects... assuming you are still there.)

Tommorrow I will bury another fallen soldier who died in Iraq two weeks ago. My heart is filled with profound pride and intense sadness. I only wish I could have been present at Sean's funeral.

Heather, and the Brock family remain in my thoughts and prayers. If there is ever anything I can do, please be in touch with me.

Sean, thank you. Every time I visit one of our national cemetaries I remember you... you gave up your life for me, and for my freedom. With God's help, I want to honor you by the way I live my life. Jesus said: "No greater love hath any man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends".

Commander Victor Sheldon
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Chaplain, Sealift Logistics Command Pacific
Victor Sheldon
February 2, 2007
It is with honor that I pay tribute to this Fine Young Marine, Capt. Sean L. Brock, on the 2nd anniversary of the day, he gave his life for our Country. With a Multitude of Thanks, for his Courage, Dedication and Many Years of Service to our Country and for Freedom.

May Sean Rest Safely, in God's Loving Care and may the Peace of God continue to be with the Brock family.
Those who have Made the Ultimate Sacrifice, So Many and So Young, shall Never Be Forgotten, my brother among them. KIA-Vietnam 1967.

"I will lift up my eyes to the hills-
from whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth."
~ Psalm 121:1-2 ~

I am sincerely hoping that you continue to feel the thoughts of caring and support that surround you each day, as this Country Remembers Someone Very Precious to you, who is a Hero to all of us.
I am So Deeply Sorry for your loss.
Garnet Jenkins
February 2, 2007
To the family of my friend Sean
I was stationed in Okinawa with Sean and shared dinner with he,his bride the night befor he deployed.What awonderful time we had in your company. Rest in Peace my brother!
Timothius Robinson
September 24, 2006

August 21, 2006
I just found out Sean died in Iraq… Stunned is the only word I can use to describe my emotions.

We were temporarily stationed together in Pensacola for seven months, but in that time I felt I had made a friend for life. I enjoyed Sean’s unpretentious attitude and his unorthodox (as compared to so many Marine Officers) way of looking at life. In short he was a breath of fresh air; where so many of us seemed the same, as young Marine Officers tend to be, Sean still maintained his California style and I loved that about him. I still remember my wife and me talking about Europe with Sean and how envious he was of his brother’s earlier backpacking trip across Europe.

Sean was the type of person you could easily talk too; even if you hadn’t seen him in ten years you could probably just pick up the conversation from where you last left off. Unfortunately I won’t get that chance now, but my wife and I are better people for having experienced his warm and happy smile his genuine and honest spirit and his positive attitude.

One final note about Sean. Before we both transferred out of Pensacola, I asked him for some advice on how I should handle the new Marines I was about to be tasked with leading and caring for. Knowing that Sean was a prior enlisted Grunt, I felt I could count on his advice. Sean didn’t respond with some sort of military textbook answer about inspect your Marines, PT your Marines, provide your Marines with professional military education. No, Sean simply stated, “Art, smile at your Marines, they never see their leaders smile, no one asks them about their family, where they’re from, what they like to do. They will do anything for you if they know you care about them.” That was the type of guy he was, he cared about other people. His advice was right on the money and it is something I will never forget, just like his smile and his enthusiastic outlook on life.

My wife and I send our deepest condolences to Sean’s family and friends; you are all in our prayers.


Art Matson
Art Matson
August 4, 2006
I met Sean when he deployed to Iraq. He and I were roomates there and spent our nights complaining about those who had bothered us during the days and speaking fondly of those from home that we missed at night. I wish his family and close friends happiness, and would like to share that there were many of whom he spoke well back home. In the short time I knew him I felt close to him and will always remember him. He was a positive influnce in many lives. The World is a lesser place without him.
Carl Lucas
July 27, 2006
i didnt know sean but id just like to send my condolences to his family. he is my hero.
lorraine espinoza
July 21, 2006
He was my Capt he was my Leader. On the day I was to be a LCpl he pined my newly brought cheverons on, he was happy to see that come to pass. He was my Executive Officer and then my Commanding Officer. We deployed together in support of this the war, he always would tell me "I want to be out there with my boys" goodness he could make you chuckle because you knew he was honest about real honest about. He always encouraged me to be the best Marine I could be. He would compliment me and tell me to "Stay in the fight" Indeed he was my hero I felt as thoe I could do anything. The truth is I am still Marine because of him. I made a promise to Capt Brock back in 2002 - I made him a promise that I would "kick butt" "stay motivated" and to always "fight for what I belived in" he told me to make that promise to myself. I did. Capt Brock is not dead he lives through me....

Cpl M.D. Harper
June 5, 2006
My heartfelt sympathy to the Brock family in the loss of Sean. I did not know Sean, but my heart is broken and I am saddened for your loss of such a fine young person and hero. May God bring you peace in your heart as you reflect on all the wonderful memories you hold so close. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers. Sean it has been a year since you were taken. You are a hero and you will never be forgotten.
I send each of you a hug from the most inner part of my heart.
Love and Peace

To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
~Robert Orr~
Tom Gugliuzza-Smith
February 22, 2006
Psalm 23

The LORD is my shephard, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

This is a verse that I have found to be comforting to me during my husbands death. Remember that when it seems that no one else is round, God is still there with you! And he will be your rock!

My daughter,McKaLyne, and I send our heartfelt sympathy for your loss! God Bless this warrior, God Bless those whom serve freedom's cause! They are our true HERO's!!!!

If you need anything, please feel free to contact me!!!

Wife & Daughter of the Late
Sgt. Audrey Daron Lunsford
KIA May 23, 2005
Vangi & McKaLynr Lunsford
February 6, 2006
Friends and Family of Captain Sean L. Brock,

It has been a year since Sean was taken from us. He has forever touched my life, and I truly miss him. With each day that goes by, with his picture hanging on the wall in my Office, I thank God for the time I was able to spend with him. My deepest thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to all that knew him. I cannot believe it has been a year. It feels like just yesterday, him and I were sitting next to eachother in Iraq. You will never be forgotten Sir.
Sgt Nicholas J Holland
February 2, 2006
Heather and family, it's hard to believe it has been a year since Sean's death. I know there is not much that can be said to ease the pain of such a loss...other than he will be remembered always for profound impact he had on many lives. You'll always be in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless! Jackie (friend of Shirley and Larry)
Jackie Schnepf
January 27, 2006
December 10, 2005
Dear Friends and Family of Captain Sean L. Brock,

I was with the 1st Marine Division for 3 years, serving with 1st Marines during the initial Invasion of Iraq, then I moved up to the Division Headquarters for my second deployment which turned into 14 months. When I returned back from Fallujah in December of 2004 is when I had the opportunity to work directly next to Capatain Brock in Iraq. I was his right hand man, and he was mine. Captain Brock and I experienced some very exciting and some somber days in Iraq. I can tell you that outside of his family and very close friends, no one was more affected by his loss. Yes, I was there the day he was taken from us, and still to this day I am unable to disclose the details of his death. But I will always remember Sean's stories of how he wanted to go back-packing through Europe, and how one of his good friends was having a Bachelor's Party in South America and how he couldn't wait to go. I was fortunate to spend 12 hours a day, if not much more under busier circumstances with Captain Brock during his time with the Division. There is not a day that passes, where he isn't on my mind. Last month I took leave to go back out to California to visit the place where they held the Memorial for him at the Korean Freedom Bell, and tried to locate his gravesite at the cemetary where he was buried, but just ended up wandering around for about an hour and a half. I have still to this day to meet another Marine or human being for that matter, that could compare to Capatin Brock. If anyone knows where I can get a hold of his mother, please post it to this page so I can speak with her. I will be heading back out to California to see if I can find him, and pay my respects. God Bless Sean, and all of his Family and those who knew him best.

Sgt Nicholas J Holland of Quantico, Virginia
Nicholas Holland
November 18, 2005
My deepest belated sympathy goes out to you and your family. I had the honor and privilege of working with Sean as a finance officer at Camp Pendleton, CA. Sean was an outstanding individual. Your loss is not in vain. His memory will live on as a gentleman who gave his all for his country. I am truly sorry. I will always remember Sean and ensure that his memory will live on and that his sacrifice will not be forgotten.
Chris Parente
November 10, 2005
I remember Sean when I was young, I used to see him at the Toothman's house. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family, because we lost an angel that day.
Cinelandia Ferrell
November 2, 2005
Wanda Cobb & Family
August 8, 2005
Dear Lt. Brock, Mrs. Anita Brock, Rayme, Kelly, and Ivy,

I recently read about the loss of your loved one in Iraq. May I offer my belated condolences to you, and your family upon the passing of your American hero husband/son/and brother, Sean, in Iraq in February.

Please know that other Americans share in your loss and are concerned. It is my prayer that God may continue to grant you and yours an extra measure of peace, comfort, and strength during this difficult time.

May Sean’s legacy of bravery and devotion to our country and its safety be a source of pride to your family, an inspiration to his peers, and forever remembered by a grateful nation.

Truly he was "Siemper Fi!"

Sincerely, with deepest sympathy,
Major Arnold Huskins, USAF
June 28, 2005
This Memorial Day I will proudly display the American Flag for you Sean, and the men and woman who gave the ultimate sacrifice. You are not forgotten.
Linda Cunningham
May 29, 2005
It's been months, but it is only now that I've really allowed the reality to touch my heart. Sean, the man, the Marine, the son and the friend. He's gone, forever. Though our lives began to go different paths, it was always good to know he was out there somewhere. Now I must be content that he is happier than he ever could dream, up in heaven.

Sean changed my life, introducing me to new and wonderful experiences. He will always be remembered and cherished. I pray for healing and comfort to his friends and family: Anita, Rayme, Kelly, Bobby, Conan, Louie… I thank God for the many wonderful memories of him.
Jenny Storm
May 17, 2005
As I sit here at my computer it is hard to believe that it has been 2 months. It feels like it was just a couple hours ago that I walked in the door from work and Jacky told me about Sean. So many memories of Sean come to mind. Playing his trumpet in our garage with Jack playing his drums and Pat on the Sax. All the outings with the marching band. The morning after their high school graduation him and Pat bursting into our bedroom at 6 am to show us their diploma. All the times when he came to visit us after Pat died to make sure we were okay. All the boys sitting in our front room talking with Jack and listening to his war stories. Coming home from work in the summer and all the kids in the back yard BBQing and telling me, hey Mrs. T you don't have to cook tonite. We raided the freezer and cooked you hamburgers and hotdogs. All the kids coming to pick up Pat, crammed in Robin and Laura's little yellow car. After we moved to Idaho, we had been here about 2 weeks and there was a knock at the door, when we opended it there was Sean and Kelly. Then the December Jacky turned 18 Sean and Rayme turned up. Half frozen cause Sean didn't have a working heater in his car and it was in the 20's. They were wearing shorts and tennis shoes. We still laugh about it. Sean is very special to us. We love him like a son and will greatly miss him and that smile that made all the girls melt. I know that he is with Pat and Brain and we will all see them again some day. Anita, just take it one day at a time. It never goes away but does get a little easier. Rayme and Kelly, talk about Sean, don't be afraid to remember all the fun times you all had together. We are always here for you all. If you need someone to talk to, a place to get away to, anything. Just ask.
Your friends forever. Jack, Cris and Jacky Toothman
Cristi Toothman
May 3, 2005
Thank you our countrys brave hero for your selfless sacrifice preserving the freedom of others. I am deeply grateful and profoundly humbled by your serice to this great nation of ours. May God bless your family and bring them peace and comfort.
Susan Johnson
April 30, 2005

I spoke to you just as you had few hours to live. I can not express my thankfulness for this. Had that conversation been longer, I could have said so many things that all of us wish we could say to you now. I know that you know how we still feel for you; I know that you know, that we will always think of you. What an extraordinary life you have left us with. Mark Twain said that "The weakest of all weak things, was a virtue that hadn't been tested in the fires." To that thought, I think that you were the strongest among us. I cherish every moment of our lives together, and I am proud to have known and loved such a great person as you. I am writing this as an open letter to you, because there is no need for me to try to teach people about you, you taught them. Thank you, I know you are there. I know that you here this. I know you will be waiting for all of us, and that through your life we have all been enriched. It was your friendship that developed qualities in me, and I hold them dear. Thank you, I will see you again.
Patrick Wilson
March 17, 2005
This is the eulogie for my Best Friend.

Thank you for allowing me to stand before you to eulogize Sean, a man I truly admired. I came to know him at Santa Barbara where we met during the first day of class. Immediately we developed our original master plan. He would become president of the United States and I would go back to India and become the Prime Minster. Together we would rule the world.
As time went on this plan matured and was refined to something new. At his bachelor party in Cabo San Lucas, Sean, Rayme, Louie, Conan and I all came up with the idea of planning our families together. We would all have kids at the same time so they could grow up together. We even teased about our children tormenting each other.
In this time I’ve seen many sides to Sean and have had the privilege to witness Sean mature, from a young adolescent who “couldn’t stand the site of tomatoes” to become a revered officer who commanded respect, a man who believed in honor and integrity as the foundation for being. He approached every aspect of life with these two traits, whether it was the military or his private life with family and friends. He felt it his duty to serve and protect his country and the people around him. Never in a million years did I suspect we'd be called into action to bid him farewell, and as we gather in sorrow to mourn Sean’s death, I feel it's important that we also take time to celebrate his life.
His fierce loyalty to his friends and family
His quirkiness and that crazy look he would get on his face when he had an idea.
Work hard and play harder – at Santa Barbara this was the one phrase that applied the most.
His willingness to experience new things and Carpe Diem (seize the day). On a whim I remember Sean:
o Walking the beach from SB to LA after graduation (Conan & Sean)
o Raiding rival frat houses (Sean & Theta Chi)
o Bringing lobsters & scallops home for dinner, after scuba diving for them off the beach in IV

New Years in Las Vegas (1996 through 2000)
o The Gelato Story (Bobby, Jared, Sean)

For as long as people have been walking the earth, we have dealt with the devastation of war. Growing up we learned about the wars throughout civilization, and when I learned about the Civil War, or the Spanish American War, or WWI or WWII, or even Viet Nam, they were all just words on a page. I never suspected that I, too, would become a victim of sorrow because of war. So many hearts have been broken, so many lives have been changed, and while the sorrow of war burdens our heart, I believe, in my heart of hearts that Sean redefined what it means to be an officer. Because of his virtue, friendship and compassion, we are now gathered to mourn his passing.
Sean has been involved in the military for almost 10 years. I imagine he enjoyed the camaraderie that comes with being a member of the armed forces, and I know that we, as Americans, have been lucky to have him guarding our shores for us.
Things will be different now that Sean is gone. I know that his family has paid the ultimate sacrifice and in these times of sorrow, and in all the days ahead, please remember that we, your community members, your friends and your neighbors, are all here for you anytime you need us. We will keep you in our prayers and our homes and hearts are open to you. Please accept my deepest sympathy, for I too have lost.
I will always admire and respect Sean for following thru with his beliefs and for his military service. While serving in Iraq I am sure he saw more horror than any of us can imagine, and yet; he willingly did his job because he was an honorable man - a soldier. Sean, you have made me a better person for knowing you. In fact you have brought out the best in all you have touched. The world is a better place because of you. You will always be my hero.

If there is any comfort to be taken today, it's to realize that he's keeping guard now in the clouds above. As he keeps watch over us, I'd like to think that even though he's been gone for just a short time, that he has already earned his wings - and they are golden.
Sean, I love you to no end…I will not say good-bye, because that is not what this is. You've touched the hearts and lives of many… Rest well, my brother…until we meet again.
Bobby Khullar
March 16, 2005
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