BELLS, TX, USA U.S. Army SGT, COMPANY E, 1ST BATTALION, 68TH ARMOR, 3 BCT, FORT CARSON, CO BALAD, IRAQ 06/29/2006
An Army sergeant based at Fort Carson was killed in combat last week in Iraq, the Defense Department confirmed Thursday. Sergeant James P. Muldoon, 23, was wounded June 29 while stationed at a control point during combat operations in Baqubah, about 30 miles northeast of Baghdad, the Army said.
The sergeant, who was born in Denver, died later from his wounds in the town of Balad, the Army said.
Though he moved around the country quite a bit and settled in Bells, Texas, Muldoon took the Denver Broncos with him, his widow, Ashlee Muldoon, said Thursday.
“He played football and track when he was in high school, and he was a big football fan, a big Broncos fan,” his widow recalled from Bells, a small town near the Oklahoma border and about 70 miles northeast of Dallas. “He’s always liked them since he was little.”
Muldoon became the 15th Fort Carson soldier to die this year in Iraq, and 168th soldier lost from the Mountain Post since the 2003 Iraqi invasion, the Army said. Muldoon was originally assigned to Fort Wainwright, Alaska, and transferred to Fort Carson in May 2005. In November, Muldoon and his unit were deployed to Iraq.
“He wanted to serve his country,” his wife said.
Muldoon was assigned to Fort Carson’s 1st Battalion, 68th Combined Arms Regiment and 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team – 4th Infantry Division, the Army said. In addition to his wife, Muldoon is survived by his daughter, Pyper, who will turn 2 on July 14. He also is survived by his parents, Jimmy and Jullie Criger.
“He was a joker, constantly, and he was a fun guy, and loved his family,” his widow said.