- 32 years old
- Date of birth: May 15, 1971
- Date of passing: Oct 30, 2003
|Let the memory of SSgt Paul be with us forever|
Army Staff Sgt. Sweeney was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Sweeney died of wounds sustained during an ambush near Musa, Qalax. Paul was the fourth in a family of 10 children. He lived in Roselle Park until the age of 16 at which time his parents separated and he moved to Lakeville with his dad. Paul returned to Roselle Park High School where he was on the high school wrestling team and graduated in 1989. He joined the Army in 1991 and was a tanker for his first two years before switching to infantry. He stayed there until he opted to become a Special Forces soldier with Alpha Company. He would lead an honorable career serving two tours in Afghanistan, a tour in Iraq, a tour in South Korea and two tours in Germany. He received the Purple Heart Medal posthumously. He was also awarded the Bronze Star with "V" for Valor and a host of other medals, ribbons and commendations. He would later be referred to as a "proven combat warrior" and a "leader of leaders." Paul was an easygoing guy who was quick to make friends. He loved the New York Yankees, Giants, and New Jersey Devils. He watched the History Channel, listened to heavy-metal music and enjoyed eating his favorite - stromboli with no mushrooms. He drank Miller Lite, chewed Copenhagen snuff and liked playing darts. Paul will be remembered as someone who was down to earth, fun, loving, and easygoing. He loved his wife, Kristin, his two sons and his country more than we could ever know.
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