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A Catholic who follows Rome & the Magisterium. I'm against gay "marriage", abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, human cloning. Altar girls, Communion in the hand, Eucharistic Ministers and "Protestant" music in the Church doesn't bother me at all. A proud American retired submarine sailor. Our borders should be secured with a 10 ft. high fence topped by concertina wire with minefields out to 20 yards on both sides and an additional 10 yards filled with warning signs outside of that Let's get energy independent NOW! Back Israel to the max, stop appeasing followers of the Pedophile Prophet. Pro 2nd Amendment, pro death penalty, Repeal all hate crime legislation. Back the police unless you'd rather call a hippie when everything hits the fan. Get government out of dealing with education, childhood obesity and the enviornment. Stop using the military for sociological experiments and if we're in a war don't micromanage their every move. Kill your television, limit time on the computer and pick up a book. God's will be done and may He have mercy upon us all.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Fort Hood 13: Chief Warrant Officer Michael Grant Cahill (Ret.)

(Taken from members of Michael Grant Cahill, a Spokane native killed at Fort Hood, Texas, on Thursday, waited for hours after the shooting rampage with no word of his whereabouts.

They called hospitals and other facilities where victims were taken and got nothing.

That night, about 11, a sergeant in a patrol car pulled up to the family's home in Cameron, Texas, and told them that Cahill, 62, was one of the 13 people killed in an attack committed by a lone gunman.

Among 38 others who were wounded was an 18-year-old Post Falls, Idaho, soldier, George Stratton III.

Cahill, who was described as a devoted family man, worked as a civilian physician assistant in the clinic where the shootings occurred.

"We went all day hearing nothing," said Cahill's daughter, Keely Cahill Vanacker. "It was very frustrating."

Becky Cahill, a sister, said she called her brother's cellphone but got no answer, and then she called a hospital near the base, with no luck.

Vanacker, of Kerrville, Texas, said Friday that the military had provided almost no information about how her father died. His body was being transported to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware for an autopsy, Vanacker said.

"My dad was a wonderful person," she said in a telephone interview. "He loved his job. He loved working with people and helping them with their physical needs."

Michael Cahill had worked as a civilian contractor at Fort Hood for about four years, after jobs in rural health clinics and at Veterans Affairs hospitals. He and his wife, Joleen, had been married 37 years.

Becky Cahill, of Lincoln City, Ore., said she and her brother talked on the phone several times a week. His death has left her feeling cheated, she said.

She said she is trying not to focus anger on the Army major suspected in the shooting because that would bring her down to his level. "This mindset has got to change," she said.

Michael Cahill had suffered a heart attack several weeks ago and had a stent implanted in an artery, returning to work a few days later, she said.

Cahill was born in Spokane and attended Rogers High School, where he ran on the track team and graduated in the mid-1960s.

His father was a truck driver and his mother worked in retail. The family moved across Spokane during Cahill's high-school years, so he walked to Rogers for two years to finish there, Becky Cahill said.

He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Eastern Washington University in 1973.

During college, he met his future wife, Joleen Murphy Cahill, at Gonzaga University, where she took classes. She is originally from Montana.

Cahill joined the Army National Guard, where he was trained as a physician assistant, and then he worked for the Veterans Affairs in Portland and at small rural clinics during his career, Vanacker said. He retired from the National Guard as a chief warrant officer.

Vanacker said that while she was growing up, the family lived in three states, including in communities as small as 200 people.

Vanacker said her father was committed to bringing health care to people who needed it and believed his career as a physician assistant offered him the opportunity to provide care at a lower cost.

The family traveled often, taking trips to the mountains of Montana or the Oregon coast. They frequently visited Spokane during summers when she was younger, she said.

Her father was a canoeist.

He also enjoyed talking about current events and politics and could keep going until midnight, she said.

"He loved his family very, very much," Vanacker said, and he spent most of his spare time at home. "I always picture him coming home."

Cahill had planned to be at the Vanacker house next month for a family Christmas gathering.

The Cahill farm was on Moran Prairie, Becky Cahill said. Cahill Road near Spangle, Spokane County, is named after the family.

Michael Cahill is survived by his wife; Vanacker; another daughter, Kerry Cahill, of Chicago; a son, James Cahill, of Levelland, Texas; two sisters, Becky Cahill and Marilyn Attebery, of Spokane Valley; and one grandson. Arrangements for services are pending.


Thomas Doolin, Albany NY said...

My condolences to the family and friends of Michael Grant Cahill. I am a Physician Assistant of 20 years and though I did not know him I feel the pain of his loss. I can never imagine such an incedent occuring, though I have had times of worry that it could in my work settings. I think how I might react. As a medical provider I have been frequently are put in situations of crisis and emergencies with patients and trying to save a life, but you never expect this situation in your worst nightmare. Thanks Michael from a fellow PA.


My partner & I enjoyed sitting next to Michael, who was also a student, during a couple series of classes at the Teague V.A. Although I disagreed with Michael on everything political, he was very knowledgeable about the subject matter of these classes. So much so that I very much remember a discussion between classes in which I told him he should be instructing one of these classes because he was more qualified and knowledgeable about that subject than was the instructor. Michael's reply was that any person can learn something valuable from any other person regardless of each individuals level of education.

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