Fallen Soldier: Megan McClung

Megan McClung
Dates: Died December 6, 2006
Hometown: Coupeville, WA
Branch of Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Major
Player: Bridget Hoang

U.S. Marine Corps Major Megan McClung, of Coupeville, WA, died December 6, 2006, while escorting Newsweek journalists into downtown Ramadi when a massive improvised explosive device destroyed her Humvee, instantly killing McClung and the other two occupants.

Maj. McClung graduated from the Naval Academy and was commissioned in 1995. She served on active duty until 2004, when she entered the Reserves. She joined Kellogg, Brown, and Root, an American engineering and construction company and worked in Iraq as a private contractor.

In 2006, she returned to active duty with the Marines and was deployed to Iraq as a public affairs officer with the I Marine Expeditionary Force.

While in high school and college, Maj. McClung competed as a gymnast. She was also a triathlete (having competed in six Ironman competitions) and a marathoner.

Major Megan McClung was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery on December 19, 2006. Her headstone bears a phrase she coined while training military personnel on how to conduct interviews with the press: "Be Bold. Be Brief. Be Gone.”