Fallen: September 21, 2013
Army Staff Sergeant Timothy R. McGill was a member of the RI National Guard was assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion 19th Special Forces, R.I. National Guard. On September 21, 2013, he became a RI fallen hero in Afghanistan when an Afghan wearing a security forces uniform turned his gun on American troops.
Army Staff Sergeant Timothy Raymond McGill was a soft-spoken, fun-loving giant of a soldier at 6 feet 6 inches and 285 pounds. He joined the Marine Corps shortly after graduating in 2001 from Ramsey High School in New Jersey, where he played hockey and football. Timothy was in boot camp during the 9/11 attacks, and deployed with the Marines in Iraq in 2005. In 2008, McGill joined the Rhode Island National Guard and was assigned as an anti-armor specialist with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion 200th Infantry. At times he was stationed in Hawaii and Washington, and worked in Singapore, Japan, and the Philippines.
McGill’s father said he was in the Rhode Island National Guard because the New Jersey National Guard did not have that Special Forces unit. He said that his son wanted to develop a business with three fellow Green Berets to get defense contracts for work in security, protecting dignitaries and training. McGill took a rigorous course to qualify as an elite Special Forces soldier, and in 2011 was made a weapons sergeant. Most recently, he was assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion 19th Special Forces. The 30-year-old was serving with the Rhode Island National Guard as a weapons specialist conducting missions against the Taliban and training Afghan troops so they could protect their country against insurgents.
“He was 100 percent dedicated to his mission,” the older McGill said. “He was completely committed to making our country safer. I couldn’t be more proud of him.”
But his family spent Sunday in anguish after learning that McGill had been shot dead Saturday by an attacker dressed in an Afghan National Army uniform.
In between his tours with the RI National Guard, McGill volunteered at the Ramsey Fire Department. The chief of the fire department said McGill was a “big, strong guy you [could] lean on” but also gentle and good with kids. “I referred to him as our teddy bear,” he said.
On September 21, 2013 while McGill was on a training exercise to help the Afghan National Army, he became a RI fallen hero after when someone in an Afghan army uniform took his life. The New York Times and other outlets reported that a man dressed as an Afghan National Army soldier killed three coalition force members on or near an American base on Saturday, and Afghan soldiers shot the attacker to death.
The National Guard said McGill’s awards and decorations include a Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, Special Forces Tab, Global War on Terrorism Expedition Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Iraq Campaign Medal.
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