Newark Army Colonel Killed in Afghanistan
NORTH LAUDERDALE, FL - JUNE 26: A military honor guard folds the the American Flag a top the casket of U.S. Army Specialist Daniel Agami of the 1st Infantry Division as he is laid to rest at Star of David Memorial Gardens June 26, 2007 in North Lauderdale, Florida. He was one of five soldiers killed June 21 when a bomb exploded near their humveee during operations near Baghdad, Iraq. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Updated at 4:15 PM EDT on Thursday, May 20, 2010
An Army colonel from Newark is among those killed in an insurgent attack in Afghanistan.
Army officials said Thursday that 46-year-old Col. John McHugh, stationed in Fort Leavenworth, died Tuesday after his convoy was stuck by a suicide car bombing.
The attack, the deadliest on NATO forces in Kabul in eight months, killed four other U.S. soldiers and a Canadian. By most accounts that attack sent the death toll in Afghanistan over 1000.
McHugh was serving as chief of Operations Group A with the Battle Command Training Program based at Fort Leavenworth. He was on a training mission at the time of the attack.
He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1986 and also had degrees from American Public University and U.S. Army War College.
He is survived by his wife, five children and one granddaughter.
McHugh has two sons -- one, Michael, was serving in Iraq when his father was killed and escorted the body home from Kuwait, according to the Daily News.
Published at 4:04 PM EDT on May 20, 2010
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