Las Vegas Review-Journal October 25, 2005
Marine with unit based in Reno killed
Monday would have been corporal's 26th birthday
By Keith Rogers
On Monday at their home in Lowville, N.Y., the family of Marine Cpl. Seamus M. Davey blew out the candles on his birthday cake and remembered that "he grew up to be such a fine young man," his mother, Lorene Davey, said.
He would have turned 26. But on Friday, while assigned to the Reno-based 4th Force Reconnaissance Company, an improvised bomb exploded and killed him while he was in combat operations near Albu Hyatt, a small town in Iraq's Anbar province, a command representative in Nevada said.
"He was doing what he thought was the right thing. He felt we should be over there," Lorene Davey said.
The 4th Force Recon Company, a Marine Reserve unit, is part of the 4th Marine Division and is an airborne Marine company that specializes in terrain reconnaissance, capturing prisoners and engaging the enemy by supporting arms, according to GlobalSecurity.org, a defense and intelligence policy group based near Washington, D.C.
Lorene Davey said she did not know what mission her son was on. "He couldn't say what he was doing," she said.
She said that he had been in Iraq about a month and that she last talked to him at the start of September.
He was a single man, she said, recalling that he told his family: "We all know I'm going to war. I don't need a wife to worry about me."
He was born Oct. 24, 1979, in Pensacola, Fla. He grew up in Lowville, a rural community in upstate New York, where he graduated from Lowville Academy and Central School, a K-12 school with 1,300 students.
He had been an athlete who loved all sports, especially lacrosse.
But most of all, his mom said, he had been "a wonderful son," one who had made his dad, Derek, a Marine, proud, as well as his three sisters, Shiloh, Brittany and Austin.
Lorene Davey said Austin, a senior in high school, was having a tough time dealing with her brother's death. "He was her hero," she said. "His oldest sister (Shiloh) is very, very angry because she is getting married, and he was going to be in her wedding."
Seamus Davey joined the corps at 18 out of high school.
After completing active duty at Camp Pendleton, near San Diego, he wanted to stay in reconnaissance as a reservist.
The closest place for that specialty was the 4th Force Reconnaissance Company near Reno, where he traveled for training once a month.
After active duty, he settled in San Diego and was attending community college and coaching lacrosse at Patrick Henry High School.
A service with full military honors will be held Saturday at the school in Lowville.
The family requests that donations be sent to Lowville Academy and Central School for a women's lacrosse program.
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