New England's War Dead: Afghanistan
Lieutenant Colonel Michael J. McMahon, 41, W. Hartford, Conn.
McMahon and his wife, Jeannette, were both lieutenant colonels, sharing their love of the Army along with their love of their family. The youngest of their three boys, Ricky, 5, said he'll remember his father when he looks at the night sky because angels light up the stars. McMahon commanded a cavalry squadron in Afghanistan before his death in a plane crash Nov. 27, 2004. He didn't get to hear the news of his wife's promotion to full colonel just days after his death.