America's Fallen Hero's

John M. Sullivan

Sgt. John M. Sullivan was born 3 April 1984 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He enlisted in the United States Army on 23 July 2003. He graduated One Station Unit Training as a 13B Field Artilleryman at Fort Sill, Oklahoma from Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion 40th Field Artillery.

Sgt. John M. Sullivan of Hixson, TN died when his Humvee was struck by a roadside bomb. The 2003 Soddy Daisy High School graduate was just days away from returning home from his second tour of duty in Iraq. He was scheduled to arrive on January 10th to see his son, who was born just hours after he died. He volunteered for the patrol that claimed his life when a fellow soldier got sick.

During his first tour in Iraq, he was hurt when a roadside bomb hit his truck. He earned the Purple Heart, but refused the honor because the ceremony would hae kept him in Iraq, and he wanted to be with his family in Tennessee.

He was of the Baptist faith, loved music and loved working on his low-rider truck.

John died just hours before his son was born on 31December2006. He was 22.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Combat Action Badge.