Soldier Honored: John E. McGee
Hometown: Cary, Mississippi
Branch of Service: Army National Guard
Staff Sergeant (SSG) John McGee, 36, was an Alabama Army National Guard member and Mississippi native who was raised in Cary, a tiny town in the Mississippi Delta. McGee enlisted in the Army when he was 17 and served eight years before joining the National Guard in 1996. He completed a program to become a lieutenant but had not yet been commissioned. SSG McGee was last assigned to the 2101st Transportation Company, Alabama Army National Guard in Camden, Alabama. He died May 2, 2005 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his convoy vehicle in the area of Diwaniyah, Iraq.
A 1986 graduate of Rolling Fork High School, SSG McGee was on the football team and could bring out a smile in anyone he came in contact with. SSG McGee was a highly respected soldier who always gave his best effort regardless of the circumstances.
SSG McGee is survived by his two sons and daughter who is a Folds of Honor scholarship recipient.