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CRANSTON, RI – Staff Sgt. Timothy Raymond McGill, 30, of Ramsey, N.J. died Sept. 21, 2013 in eastern Afghanistan, from wounds received by small arms fire.

McGill was assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion 19th Special Forces, Rhode Island National Guard as a weapons sergeant in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

McGill joined the military on Aug. 31, 2001, first serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. He deployed with the Marines in support of Iraqi Freedom on Jan. 8, 2005 and returned to his hometown before resuming his military career. McGill joined the Rhode Island National Guard in June 2008, and was assigned as an anti-armor specialist with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion 200th Infantry. Determined to qualify as an elite Special Forces Soldier, McGill successfully completed the rigorous Special Forces qualification course on June 5, 2011, and was immediately assigned to Company A. as a weapons sergeant.

His awards and decorations include: Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, Special Forces Tab, Global War on Terrorism Expedition Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal.

“Sadly, today we realized the sixth death of a Rhode Island National Guard Soldier in a combat zone since 9/11 and we are once again reminded of the enduring sacrifice our Soldiers and Airmen have made, and continue to make, in service to this great country. Tragically, Staff Sgt. McGill has made the supreme sacrifice and at this time, mindful of the impact of that sacrifice on his family and friends, I pledge this command's perpetual support,” said the Adjutant General and commanding General of the Rhode Island National Guard, Major General Kevin R. McBride.

He is survived by his parents.