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42437 LTC Michael Jerome McMahon USA
October 22, 1963 - November 27, 2004


Personal Eulogy

Mike was serving in Afghanistan as Squadron Commander, 3-4 CAV (AVN). His unit deployed from Schofield Barracks earlier this year. Even though Mike had earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart in combat operations, he was making an even bigger impact through his example of humanity to his soldiers and more importantly, to the Afghanis in his AO. Mike went beyond putting his life on the line: he used his life to help others understand and enjoy the fruits of liberty that we often take for granted.

His wife (Jeannette Regan, USMA '83) is still on active duty with the 25th ID. They have three sons.

Tentative plans are for a burial in the West Point cemetery adjacent to Mike's older brother, Dennis McMahon USMA '76, who also died while serving on active duty.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Search teams have recovered the bodies of six Americans who died when their plane crashed high in Afghanistan's snow-covered mountains, U.S. military officials said Wednesday. "We regret to report that all six individuals on board the aircraft - the three U.S. civilian crew members and three U.S. soldiers - were killed in the crash," said U.S. military spokesman Maj. Mark MacCann. He said their identities would be released later by the U.S. Defense Department and Florida-based Presidential Airways, which had contracted the CASA 112 transport plane to the U.S. Air Force in Afghanistan.

"An investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the crash. However, at this time, we have no indication this crash was caused by hostile fire," McCann said. The bodies were found amid the debris of the plane in the Hindu Kush mountains, southeast of Bamiyan. "They found pieces of the engine and the wheels scattered on top of Baba Mountain," which rises to 5,060 meters (16,600 feet) and was covered in fresh snow, said Ghulam Mohammed, a senior police official in Bamiyan. McCann said the plane's flight recorder had been retrieved, but it was not clear what it showed about the crash. He said the plane crashed en route to Farah, in western Afghanistan. However, a senior U.S. general said it was headed for Shindand, 60 miles further north. "The indications we have is that it got into a valley and tried to gain altitude quickly," Maj. Gen. Eric Olson told The Associated Press. "The pilot apparently recognized that we was not going to be able to gain altitude quickly enough and tried to make a very dramatic turn, didn't make it and crashed into a very narrow valley." The fixed-wing CASA 212 is designed to fly in and out of the kind of short, rough air strips used to supply American forces deployed in remote areas of the country to search for Taliban and al-Qaida militants.

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