Sunday, November 18, 2007

Goodbye Megan McClung

Last night I was reading a list of those killed in action in support of the war on terrorism. My heart sank, chills ran up and down my spine, and I began to get that warm sweat that accompanies that quick rush of adrenaline as I stopped on a picture of someone I actually knew personally. She was killed almost a year ago, just after I had returned from Iraq. She will certainly be missed by all. Rest easy, Megan - we'll meet again.

Major Megan M. McClung (April 14, 1972– December 6, 2006) was the first female United States Marine Corps officer killed in combat during the Iraq War. Maj McClung was serving as a public affairs officer in Al Anbar Province, Iraq when she was killed.

McClung, of Coupeville, Washington, was born and raised in Orange County, California, graduating from Mission Viejo High School before going on to attend the U.S. Naval Academy where she received her officer's commission in 1995. McClung competed as a gymnast in high school and in college. She was a triathlete (having competed in six Ironman competitions) and a marathoner. In October 2006, she organized and ran in the Marine Corps Marathon's satellite competition in Iraq.

In January 2006, McClung was deployed to Iraq as a public affairs officer with the I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF). In December 2006, she was in the final month of a yearlong deployment to Iraq.

On December 6, 2006, McClung was serving with the I Marine Expeditionary Force as the Marine Corps head of public affairs for Al Anbar Province, in charge of embedded journalists. Earlier in the day, she had been accompanying Oliver North with his Fox News camera crew in Ramadi. She subsequently was escorting Newsweek journalists into downtown Ramadi. A massive improvised explosive device (IED) destroyed McClung's Humvee, instantly killing McClung and the other two occupants. The Newsweek journalists were not injured.

Major McClung was the first female graduate of the United States Naval Academy to be killed in action since the school's foundation in 1845.

Major McClung was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery on December 27, 2006.


Kimberly said...

Very Sad!

John 15:13
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

She did what she did for her countrymen and her fellow Marines. A real hero!

Love you babe, thanks for poasting this!
Your Wife,

ScopeOfVision said...

Megan has been honored so many ways since she died. Her father's Marine League detachment renamed itself after her, races have been renamed and run for her and we cover it every time it happens at the Defense Information School (DINFOS) alumni website at, where we have her in the obituary/memorial section and each month something happens in her name. Use this link for each mention:

Flag Gazer said...

I thought of you when I read this article about Megan: