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SSG Timothy R. McGill


Birth 18 Jul 1983 Ridgewood, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
Death 21 Sep 2013 Afghanistan
Burial Maryrest Cemetery Mahwah, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
Plot Sec-16 Blk-C Plt-3 Cr-1 A

RAMSEY, N.J. — Residents in a northern New Jersey town paused to remember a soldier killed in Afghanistan. Ramsey residents lined Main Street Monday as an antique fire truck carried Army Staff Sergeant Timothy McGill's coffin home.  Bagpipes led the procession.
The 30-year-old Special Forces soldier was one of three troops shot on Sept. 21 by an Afghan wearing a security forces uniform attacked his unit with small arms fire while conducting range training in Gardez, Paktia Province, Afghanistan, in an attack near the Pakistan border.

McGill initially served as a Marine after joining the military in August 2001. He joined the Rhode Island National Guard in 2008 and was assigned to 1st Bn., 200th Infantry Bn., as an anti-armor specialist.  In 2011, McGill graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course as a weapons sergeant and was assigned to A Co., 2nd Bn., 19th SFG (A) in Middletown, R.I.

Army Staff Sgt. Timothy McGill came from a family of police and firefighters, so when the 6-foot 6-inch, 280-pound football and hockey player graduated from Ramsey High School in 2001, he went straight into the military to serve his country.

“He graduated high school in June and he went into the Marine Corps in August,” said his father, Raymond McGill, a retired Mahway police detective. “He was a hero.” McGill was in Marine Corps boot camp on 9/11, and deployed to Iraq with the 3rd Marine Division in 2005, before leaving the Marines and returning home to Ramsey. In 2008, he enlisted in the Army National Guard in Rhode Island, and three years later became a member of the Army’s elite Special Forces unit, or Green Berets. His father said he planned to spend his life in the military. Raymond McGill said his son followed in the footsteps of his great uncles, and served as a member of the Ramsey Volunteer Fire Department, and a duty he fulfilled whenever he could even while in the military.  “He would respond to fire calls while he was on leave,” his father said. In addition to his father, McGill is survived by his mother, Carol McGill, and two sisters, Megan McGill and Lindsay Vanderbeek.

His military education included the Basic Airborne Course, Combat Lifesaver Course, Combatives Level I Course, the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, French Special Operations Language Training Level I, the Special Forces Qualification Course and Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat Course.

McGill’s awards and decorations included the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, Naval Unit Citation, four Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, two Non-commissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbons and the Special Forces Tab.