Captain Christopher J. Sullivan, 29, of Princeton, Massachusetts, died January 18, 2005, in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his parked vehicle. Sullivan was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
Army Captain Christopher J. Sullivan was a protector and always tried to keep his family and friends from worrying, often telling them the situation was not as grim as it appeared in Iraq.
Amy Lilley, Sullivan’s sister from Scarborough, Maine, said she had heard from her brother on January 10, 2005. ”We were passing around joke e-mails,” she said.
He was scheduled to return home to his wife and son in a few weeks, the government reported.
Sullivan had been working as an armor officer, in charge of the tanks and vehicles in the field, said Maureen Ramsey, a public affairs specialist for the Defense Department.
He had entered the Army in March 1998 and had taken on the responsibility of company commander, leaving a job at headquarters.
He also had served in Kosovo and Germany.
Sullivan felt it was important to thank veterans who had preceded him and always emphasized that soldiers in Iraq were proud to serve, his family said.
Sullivan’s interest in military service started early. At age 14, he joined the Civil Air Patrol. He served in the ROTC while attending the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, where he majored in mechanical engineering. He sought to continue the family tradition of military service, following the path of his grandfather, father, and two uncles.