30 April 2009

Soliders' Angels Mourns Army Sgt. William Patrick Sullivan

Cards and photos adorn the altar at Rose Barracks Church in Vilseck as family and friends celebrate the life of Sgt. William Patrick Sullivan II. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jerry Wilson, 2SCR, Public Affairs.

Wolf pack mourns the loss of a brother

2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment
Public Affairs Office
Vilseck, Germany

Vilseck, Germany (April, 24, 2009) – Soldiers of Hawk Company, 3rd Squadron. 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment gathered alongside their fellow Dragoons and Vilseck community members at the Vilseck Chapel Friday to pay tribute to, and celebrate the life of a noncommissioned officer who most described as a dedicated team player.

Sgt. William Patrick Sullivan II died April 22 from acute respiratory symptoms, stemming from an illness he had been battling since March. Sullivan was born June 15, 1985 in Oceanside, Ca. He is survived by his mother Yolanda and Father Joseph T. Sullivan, a former Marine.

“Sgt. Sullivan was a model Soldier,” said 1st Lt. Ryan Tallant, 2nd Platoon Leader. “He was the kind of Soldier every leader dreams about because he only made you better.”

“Letting down the team was not something Pat did, not ever” said Lt. Col. Bryan Denny, 3rd Squadron Commander. “The U.S. Army will be at a loss for not having Sgt. Sullivan in its ranks,” Denny continued. “The Wolf Pack family has lost a friend and a brother.”

“Sully” as he was nicknamed by his friends, was a man whose generally positive nature infected the lives of all those he came into contact with. To his friends, Sully was a guy it was tough to stay mad at.

“Most people know that Sully was sometimes a little slow at getting ready and normally that would freak everyone out,” said Spc. Brandon Galouch, a close friend. “But when he finally showed up, with his big smile on his face, all the anger was gone in a second.”

Sullivan entered the military on Aug. 17th, 2004, as an Infantryman and attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga. He served as a SAW Gunner while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2004. He arrived at 2SCR on August 10th 2007 and deployed with the unit to Iraq in 2008.

SGT Sullivan is making his final trip home to California today.

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