Iraq war verteran dies

A CASTLEBLAYNEY man who was injured as three of his colleagues were blown up by a bomb in Iraq in 2003, while he was serving with the US army, has died in Boston.

A CASTLEBLAYNEY man who was injured as three of his colleagues were blown up by a bomb in Iraq in 2003, while he was serving with the US army, has died in Boston.

Bernard Shevlin (43) was originally from Castleblayney. He was also a former policeman in the US.

Following his police career, he joined the American army and served as a major with the US forces in Iraq.

A decorated Army Veteran, Sergeant Shevlin performed security mission “Operation Inner Flame” at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah and supported Operation Iraqi Freedom when deployed to Kuwait.

Previously, he served in the Irish Army for five years.

He served as a Corrections Officer Corporal for the Hampden County Sherriff’s Department.

He retired following a severe injury received while on duty in Iraq in 2003. He was with a military transport unit, towing a heavy anti-tank gun along the ruins of a war- torn suburb.

Major Shevlin, 31 at the time of his service with the US forces in Baghdad, was injured when a gun carrier fell on him.

But his colleagues on the same patrol advanced and were ambushed and killed in a bomb attack by Saddam loyalists, with one other soldier receiving severe injuries.

He is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters, five brothers and two sisters.