Chief Petty Officer Sean Patrick Sullivan
(KSDK) - The Department of Defense has confirmed the death of Senior Chief Aviation Warfare Systems Operator Sean Patrick Sullivan, 40, of St. Louis in a helicopter crash on Thursday, July 19th. One other sailor was killed in the crash.
The chopper, with a crew of five men, was part of a mine countermeasure squadron, and was involved in heavy lift operations when it went down in the Gulf nation of Oman just 58 miles southwest of Muscat, Oman's capital.
Known as "Sully" to friends, he joined the United States Navy one year after graduating from Lindbergh High School in 1990. The Chief Petty Officer was a fourth generation sailor.
Sullivan served in Operation Desert Storm, Desert Shield and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and had amassed numerous awards, such as 3 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, an Army Achievement Medal, the Aviation Battle Efficiency Award, and was named Air Crewman of the Year in 2006 for NHA Region Four.
Sullivan's father said his son is remembered for his excellence in both training and service, as well as his sharp sense of humor, kind and generous nature, and hugs.
He is survived by his wife, Amy.