January 07, 2006 Lt. Col. Michael McLaughlin, 44, of Mercer Co., was killed in a suicide bombing attack last week in Iraq. A press conf. was held on Jan 7th at the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory in New Castle detailing the events of his death. As a Major, before his promotion to Lt. Colonel this past October, McLaughlin addressed the 107th Field Artillery at Shenango High School shortly before their deployment to Iraq. Following the press conference, this speech, by McLaughlin, may also be heard. It was recorded December 28, 2003.