Army SPC
Taylor, MI
Opertion Iraqi Freedom
Memorial Location: 

Taylor City Hall
23555 Goddard Road
Taylor, MI

Killed when her vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device near Kirkuk, Iraq.

Assigned to Company A, 4th Forward Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Division (Mech), Ft. Hood, TX.

Specialist Holly McGeogh was born on August 29, 1984 in Dearborn, Michigan. Holly was raised in the downriver area of Detroit and attended Truman High School in Taylor. Throughout her four years of high school, she participated in the Army JROTC program. The JROTC program was her most important class and she was very proud of her accomplishments. By the time she graduated in June of 2002, Holly had become the Commander of A Company, the highlight of her high school years. Holly would often talk of making a career of the military, going to college and earning a degree in psychology or intelligence and returning to the army as an officer.

In August of 2002, shortly after graduating, Holly enlisted in the United States Army. She attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. With her JROTC experience, she enjoyed basic training, often writing home about how much fun she was having. After completing basic training she remained at Fort Jackson to complete Advanced Infantry Training and in August 2002 she would complete training to become a light wheeled mechanic. Holly was then transferred to her first duty assignment with the 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. In April 2003, the 4th Infantry Division was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. By the end of the month the unit had moved into the Birthday Palace of Saddam Hussein in Tikrit. While in Iraq, Holly frequently communicated with her family and friends and told her mother how fortunate she was to have been born in the United States. She felt sorry for the Iraqi children and often shared candy with them that she received in care packages from home.

Holly often volunteered for missions driving her NCOs throughout war torn Tikrit. On January 31, 2004, Army Specialist Holly McGeogh would volunteer for her last mission. Her vehicle, Aggressor 17, was armed with the MK 19 and would be last in a convoy of five, headed to Kirkuk to secure spare parts. Returning from Kirkuk, insurgents would detonate an improvised explosive device under Aggressor 17, killing Specialist Holly McGeogh and two other soldiers instantly. The following day Holly was due to be promoted from PFC to Specialist, a promotion presented posthumously. Specialist Holly McGeogh’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, the National Defense Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, Overseas Ribbon and the Army Training Ribbon.

Holly was known to her family and friends as “Our Brave Little Soldier” and was a beautiful and courageous daughter, sister, friend and woman. She will be greatly missed, but will forever live in the hearts of those who loved her.


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