United States Marine Corps Master Sergeant • Line of Duty Death: April 7, 2022

United States Marine Corps Master Sergeant Andrew George Sullivan passed away on April 7, 2022 due to a service-related illness.

Sullivan was born in Syracuse, New York and raised in Palermo, New York along with his two older sisters, Jill and April, and his step brothers, Joe, Mike, Marque, and Danny. Throughout his childhood, Sullivan enjoyed hunting, working on the land, cars and baseball. Additionally, he participated in Boy Scouts throughout his childhood, going on to achieve his rank as an Eagle Scout and leading young Boy Scouts and Camps. He also had an interest in his community, the marching band, USMC and JROTC. Sullivan and his wife, Julie, met through mutual military friends who encouraged their connection. They later married in 2014.

Having known from a young age that he wanted to serve his country through his experiences as a scout member and in JROTC, Sullivan decided to enlist in the USMC at the age of 17 in 1998. Sullivan also wanted to follow the footsteps of his father and brother-in-law who served in the US Army. Above all, he loved teaching, mentoring, and supporting his marines. His main goal was to be one of the best Scout Snipers in the USMC. Sullivan obtained his bachelor’s degree from American Military University and had been actively pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health and Counseling from Liberty University at the time of his premature death. Throughout his honorable career, Sullivan was an instructor at the infamous Marine Scout Sniper School on both the east and west coast bases three different times between the years of 2002 and 2017. He also completed various schools and courses, including Marksmanship Instructor, Scout Sniper School, Urban Sniper School, Urban Scout Sniper Course, High Risk Personnel, Advanced Scout Sniper School, Mountain Scout Sniper School, and Accuracy First Precision Rifle Course, all within the years of 1999 and 2011. In addition to perfecting his craft and improving the Marine Scout Sniper training program, Sullivan served in multiple deployments and received numerous awards for his heroism. Wanting to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom and country, Sullivan decided to have his retirement ceremony on the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001. Unfortunately, Sullivan had been diagnosed with service-related Multiple Sclerosis and was awaiting a life-saving double lung transplant when he sadly passed away in 2022.

Currently, Julie resides in North Carolina with her two youngest children, Rebekah and Russell. She enjoys spending time with them and getting together with her older children. Together, they love to hike, explore waterfalls, go to the beach, and spend time in nature. The donation of a mortgage-free home is a great help to the Sullivan family, as they were at a loss and unprepared when their patriarch passed away. Finally, Julie would like others to know that Sullivan was fun, he loved his family, God and his country. He believed in and advocated for the support of military members, their families, and specifically mental health programs. He had been pursuing a concept to create a mental health facility and training experience to help other veterans transition into retired life. Although Sullivan is not here to see it complete, his legacy lives on in his loved ones and children who plan on pursuing his mission, “Love, love, love.”

United States Marine Corps Master Sergeant is survived by his loving wife, Julie, and his children.