William J. Cahir

Age: 40
Branch: U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
Rank: Sergeant
Unit: 4th Civil Affairs Group, 4th Marine Division
Station: Washington, DC

Killed in Action: August 13, 2009
Location: Helmand Province, Afghanistan
Campaign: Operation Enduring Freedom

Medals & Commendations: Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense, Afghanistan Campaign, Iraq Campaign, Global War on Terror

Hometown: Washington, DC
Family: He is survived by his wife, René E. Browne, who was pregnant with twin girls at the time of William’s death; his parents, John and Mary Anne Cahir; two sisters; and a brother.

Sgt. Bill Cahir was a former news reporter, a Congressional committee staffer for U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, and a 2008 Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in Pennsylvania’s 5th District.