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Citadel News Service
15 Oct 2009

“Beyond Duty” author to discuss life altering impact of Iraq war

Army Capt. Shannon Meehan’s deployment to Iraq has forever changed his life.

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Shannon Meehan was an Army lieutenant with the 1st Calvary Division in Iraq when his decision to call in a missile strike forever changed his life.

A tank commander, Meehan worked in the violent Diyala Province, successfully fighting the insurgency by various Sunni and Shia factions. He was celebrated by his senior officers and decorated with medals. Under the blazing Iraqi sun in the summer of 2007, Meehan ordered a strike that would take the lives of innocent Iraqi civilians. He thought he was doing the right thing. He thought he was protecting his men. He thought that he would only kill the enemy, but in the ruins of the strike, he discovers his mistake and uncovers the tragedy.

Meehan’s story is chronicled in “Beyond Duty: Life on the Front Line in Iraq,” which was released in September. He and his co-author Roger Thompson will visit The Citadel on Monday, Oct. 19. The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. in Bond Hall Room 165.

Meehan was a leader of a tank platoon for the storied 1st Cavalry Division of the U.S. Army. He graduated from Virginia Military Institute (Class of 2005) with distinction, having also studied at Oxford, and earned the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and other military honors while serving in Iraq. Thompson is professor of English and Fine Arts at VMI. He is an award-winning nonfiction writer and has published both academic and non-academic work in a variety of journals.

The lecture is sponsored by The Citadel School of Humanities & Social Sciences and is free and open to the public. A book-signing will follow the lecture.

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