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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.



  1. Dylan "Sherpa" Harris says:

    Army Captain Christopher J Sullivan

    First and foremost I would like to extend my most sincere thank you to Dorothy to requesting that I be the one to carry Christopher’s stone up to Baxter Peak as a part of the first “Team Gold” team. It was a great honor and absolute pleasure to be selected by you to keep Christopher’s memory alive and well. I know I will never forget about Christopher after this incredible demanding hike.

    I would like to thank Christopher personally for helping me get through this hike. At the start of the day I was so sure and certain that I was physically and mentally prepared for the task at hand. As the morning went on I soon found out that I had caught some type of bug and my stomach was not feeling well at all. But I kept thinking of getting Christopher to Baxter peak. That was the mission, and I was going to accomplish that mission. With each step I felt slower and slower but kept on. I owe that to Christopher. I wouldn’t have made it all the way to Baxter peak without his help.

    I feel like I learned a lot about Christopher from your email as well as some other sites, but a few things you said about him really stuck with me. From what I could tell, Christopher was the textbook definition of a “military lifer.” He learned about Patriotism and honor and duty and sacrifice from his elder family members and kept that tradition on even as a young child. I could picture him reading his new christmas books and analyzing all the specs on the tanks and jet fighters in the books you would get him. Then starting his next step by joining the Civil Air Patrol and ROTC programs at various levels in school. I cannot say enough words to thank Christopher for his service and sacrifice with his military service.

    It was a great honor to learn about your son and hike up to the top of Maine, where he and his sister went one summer. I will never forgot about Christopher and I will remember his story and the strength that he gave me to conquer the task. With all my love, thank you for requesting that I carry Christopher’s stone.

    Dylan “Sherpa” Harris
    Gold Star Brother

  2. On 11 June 2017 Catherine Gordon wrote:

    Today I had the honor of carrying the stones of two fallen heroes for the Summit Project: Army SSG Eric Ross from my town, Glenburn ME, and Capt Christopher Sullivan of Princeton, MA. When I went to the MEPS office to pick up a memorial stone, the gentleman there said, “This is Eric’s stone. It’s new and hasn’t been hiked with yet.” I looked at his information and saw that he loved hunting and fishing just like I do and I knew it was the stone I was meant to carry this weekend. Christopher’s stone was next to Eric’s and I couldn’t leave it behind so both accompanied me up Borestone Mountain. It was an incredibly beautiful day and I felt privileged to be carrying the stones to honor their memory. As I thought about all they gave for this country, I hoped I could live a life worthy of their sacrifice. I carried their stones for a hike but will carry their stories for a lifetime. I learned so much about Eric and Christopher’s service and sacrifice for our country.