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Another Tribute to Sgt. Bill Cahir

Eight years ago today, the war in Afghanistan began. To mark the day, the Today show featured the story of Sgt. Bill Cahir ’90, who was killed Aug. 13 in Afghanistan. His pregnant wife, Rene Browne, tells how he called in early August for details about her doctor’s appointment, and his father, John ’61 ’71 PhD, recounts how he announced the Sunday after 9/11 that he was planning to join the military.

It’s gripping stuff, and a beautiful tribute not just to Cahir, but to all of the brave men and women in our armed forces. You can watch it here.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

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October 7, 2009 at 6:50 pm 1 comment

Remembering Bill Cahir

sm billcahirThis morning brought the sad, sad news that Bill Cahir ’90 has been killed in Afghanistan.

Bill, who was 40, was a Penn Stater and the son of Penn Staters: his father, John Cahir ’61, ’71g, was the University’s vice provost and dean for undergraduate education, and his mother, Mary Anne Cahir ’63, ’68g, was Penn State’s director of development for the Philadelphia region. John and Mary Anne, both retired now, are wonderful people, and I can’t imagine their grief.

Bill was a news reporter for a time—and a very good one, I’m told—and later, in response to the Sept. 11 attacks, he enlisted in the Marines at the age of 34. Last year he ran unsuccessfully for Congress in the 5th district, which includes State College.

He did several tours of duty in Iraq and was serving in Afghanistan when he was killed. In addition to his parents and siblings, he leaves behind a wife who is pregnant with twins.

Tina Hay, editor

August 14, 2009 at 10:55 am 4 comments


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