KIA June 2, 2013
Operation Enduring Freedom
Assigned to Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Army Warrant Officer 1st Class Sean Mullen died June 2, 2013 of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device (IED) while conducting combat operations in Ghur Ghuri, Afghanistan. Sean was on his sixth deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan.
Sean was born March 13, 1974 in Allentown, Pennsylvania and his family relocated to Delaware when he was three. Growing up Sean enjoyed playing sports, being a boy scout, and was known for years as “The Organizer” of the neighborhood baseball games. In 1995, Sean enlisted as an Army infantryman, where his first duty assignment was with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Sean volunteered for and completed the Special Forces Qualification Course in April 2007 and served as a Medical Sergeant. In November 2012 he was appointed as a Warrant Officer and rejoined Bravo Company at Fort Campbell where he was deployed to Afghanistan. Sean was extremely humble about the many military awards and decorations he had earned throughout his military career. He earned two Bronze Star Medals prior to his death and a third, along with the Purple Heart, posthumously.
Sean married the love of his life, Nancy Nelson, 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. Sean 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 was known to his strong network of Army brothers as a “walking encyclopedia”, a leader, mentor, and teacher. One of his comrades stated it like this: “There are men alive today because of Sean.” In addition to his wife, Sean is also survived by his devoted parents, William and Miriam Mullen, and sister, Christina Ellers.
WO1 Sean Mullen was 39 years old from Dover, Delaware.
Original portrait was presented June 8, 2015 to Sean’s wife at a private memorial event hosted by the Tugg McGraw Foundation in Franklin, Tennessee.