May 30, 2022
151 Willowbend Road
Peachtree City, GA 30269
Memorial Day Celebration
Monday, May 30, 2022
Please join American Legion Post 50, VFW 9949, and The City of Peachtree City in honoring the men and women who have given their lives in service of the United States and the freedoms that we all enjoy. In memory of:
SFC Shawn P. McCloskey
The late Peachtree City resident, Sergeant 1st Class Shawn P. McCloskey was killed in action on September 16, 2009, at the age of 33, when his vehicle was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device while conducting a mounted patrol in the Afghan city of Ghur Ghuri, in support of combat operations while serving with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). He was in his third deployment in Afghanistan.
SFC McCloskey was born in Hudson, New York but grew up in Peachtree City and considered it his adopted hometown. Upon graduating from high school, Shawn went to work in construction, until January 2002, when he joined the Army to defend our freedom after the September 11th attacks.
In May 2004, Shawn earned the coveted “Green Beret” as a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant. His military education included, but was not limited to, courses in leadership, survival, evasion resistance and escape, airborne, jumpmaster, diving, and special operations. Sergeant First Class McCloskey was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Special Operations Diver Supervisor badge and the Special Forces Tab.
He is survived by his wife Jessica, who is the Director of Administration at Gold Star Teen Adventures, his children Katie and Collin, his parents Patrick and Kathryn, and his sister, who still lives here in Fayette County.
Peachtree City remembers and appreciates our Hometown Hero, Sergeant 1st Class Shawn P. McCloskey, who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom. We would also like to thank his Gold Star family for raising such a truly remarkable man.