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Del. Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC/AP)- A special forces soldier from Delaware has been killed in fighting in Afghanistan, Army officials said Tuesday.
 
Warrant Officer Sean W. Mullen, 39, of Dover died Sunday in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device, officials said.
 
Mullen was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), at Fort Campbell, Ky.
 
His mother, Miriam, said Mullen deployed to Afghanistan on Jan. 10 after spending Christmas with his family.
 
Mullen attended Caesar Rodney High School and Delaware Technical and Community College before joining the Maryland National Guard in 1993. He enlisted in the Army in 1995 and trained as a special forces medic before completing warrant officer school late last year. Mullen's classmates in warrant officer training selected him to receive a leadership award, his mother said.
 
Besides his parents, Mullen is survived by his widow, Nancy, whom he married in 2005. He also is survived by an older sister, Christina, and a niece and nephew.
 
"One of the things that he loved was spending time with them, especially his nephew," Mrs. Mullen said. "Sean was his hero."
 
The native of Allentown, Pa., moved to Dover with his family when he was 3 years old. As a boy, he enjoyed playing soccer and baseball, as well as the outdoors.

"He was a great teammate, a good student," said John Newman, his former baseball coach at CRHS. "And we're very proud of kids who give of themselves and go into the service. We always expect that they're going to come back. When they don't, it's very distressing. Obviously, it's a terrible time right now.

"Once you've been part of our team, you're in our family. Sean was obviously doing something great for this country. When things don't work out, it is very sad. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sean's family."

As an adult, Mullen developed a love for reading and enjoyed tinkering with old Jeeps and collecting antique guns.
 
"He was just a ferocious reader... He loved history," his mother said.

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