2007-03-29 / Obituaries

Donald J. Neil

Retired Master Sgt. Donald J. Neil, a 22-year Army veteran, was killed outside Najaf in Iraq.

He was killed protecting his colleagues from the sudden detonation of a 155mm. munition. He was an explosive ordinance disposal expert.

In addition, Master Sgt. Neil had protected every president from President Carter through President George Bush. He lived with his family in Germany for 12 years.

He helped remove nuclear weapons form Germany and was on President Reagan's protection team when he met Mikhail Gorbachev in Helsinki, Finland.

He was there for the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. He also taught classes in corporate security long before 9/11.

He and his partner gave classes in security while he was still a Spec 4 to diverse entities, including the Boston Globe.

He was born in Berlin and left at the age of 18 to join the Army. He traveled all over the world with the Army from Hawaii to Europe.

He leaves his wife Cynthia, his daughter, Margaret and his son, Thomas. He was the brother of Michael and Bruce Neil, both of Berlin, Kenneth Neil of Florida, Margaret Letelliere, Lisa Couture and Chrissy Levigne of Berlin, and Molly Binnett of Arizona. He was the nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Christman of Jamestown.

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