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Signaller Sean McCarthy

1983-2008 killed in Afghanistan

Signaller Sean McCarthy was killed in a road-side bomb attack in the Oruzgan Province on Tuesday 8 July 2008.

25 year old Signaller McCarthy was from the Perth based Special Air Service Regiment.

SIG Sean Patrick McCarthy was born on 5 January 1983 in Auckland, NZ.

Sean enlisted into the Australian Defence Force on the 10 July 2001. After initial recruit training and completion of mandatory courses, Sean posted to 7 Sig Regiment on 14 July 2003.

Sean posted to SASR on the 15 January 2007 and has been an active member of the Regiment ever since.

Sean’s Operational service includes deploying as part of the Special Operations Task Group (SOTG V) in 2007; Operation Astute in East Timor in 2008 before redeploying to Afghanistan as part of his most recent deployment.

In recognition of his service in East Timor and Afghanistan, Sean was awarded the Australian Active Service Medal with the International Coalition Against Terrorism Clasp and Return from Active Service Badge, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Australian Defence Medal and the NATO ISAF Medal.

Sean was the recipient of a SOCAUST commendation awarded on the 20 June 2008 for his actions in Afghanistan in 2007 as part of SOTG Rotation V. Sean was awarded this for his excellent application of battle craft in a complex, dangerous and confusing situation.

Sean was an avid rugby union fan. He was a respected member of his Troop and well liked by his colleagues.

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