It is with deepest sympathy that the California National Guard announces the death of Sergeant Patrick R. McCaffrey Sr, age 34, on 22 June 2004. Sergeant McCaffrey died as a result of wounds received during an ambush while on patrol in Balad, Iraq. He is survived by his wife and two children, and his parents.
Sergeant McCaffrey joined the California Army National Guard on 11 October 2001. He attended basic training as a member of A Company, 35th Engineer Battalion, 1st Engineer Brigade at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri. After basic training he attended and completed the combat engineer course. He returned to his California Army National Guard unit on 7 November 2003. Sergeant McCaffrey was ordered to active duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on 17 January 2004. Sergeant McCaffrey was a proud and capable soldier. Soldiers in his unit noted that he was a hard worker, dedicated, courteous and respectful. He had a great love for his family and the military. He was especially proud of his unit and cared about his fellow soldiers.