Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Capt. Shane R. Mahaffee

36, of Alexandria, Virginia.
Mahaffee died in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained on May 5, 2006, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat patrol operations in Al Hillah, Iraq. He was assigned to the Army Reserve's 489th Civil Affairs Battalion, Knoxville, Tennessee. Died on May 15, 2006.

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"I can't beleive that it has been 10 years since we lost Shane - I knew Shane as a child, a young man and a father - Skip and my husband were Marine "bunks" in Paris in 1970 and we were lucky to hook up with Skip and Hannelore back in the US. We shared so many happy times together and Shane was family. I think of him often and wonder about the life he would be living. I miss him and his beautiful smile."
Tante Chris of Downingtown,PA

"Thank you, Shane, for your service in Iraq. It is so greatly appreciated and needed. I met your mom, she was my group's tour guide. We were at Arlington, and she spoke of you very highly and lovingly. Thank you again for everything you have done for our country."
Marti Yoder of Eaton, OH

"Dear Shane, I met you mom; as our school's tour guide in DC. She is wonderful! She talked about you and your children with so much love and pride. I would like to thank you for your services and what you have done for all of us. Thank you so much! You seem to have a wonderful family who loves and cares about you, and you will always be remembered."
Stephanie Larson

"I graduated from Mt. Vernon high school with Shane, and was pleasantly surprised to see him when I showed up for the Infantry Officer Basic Course years later. We had a great time catching up and serving briefly together in the Army during that time. I am truly saddened that we lost him in Iraq."
Michael Murray of Naples, FL

"I was reflecting today on my service in Iraq and had fond thoughts of Cpt. Shane Mahaffee. I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Cpt. Mahaffee in the few short weeks before his untimely death. He was a true patriot and a fine soldier. He may be gone, but he will live on in my memory forever. If only America had more men such as he. God Bless him and keep him and his family. I think of him often."
MSG Ray P. Gooch of Texarkana, TX, USA

"May 14, 2009
To the family of Capt. Shane R. Mahaffee:
Shane gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Shane's passion for life and this country made him a "human sparkler". He lit up every room he entered and left you feeling better just because he was there. He will live forever in our hearts. We Celebrate Shane Day on May 15th ! God Bless his parents, wife & children always."
Leslie Klocek, Attorney of Lake Villa, IL

"To the family of:Shane R Mahaffee I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"I would like to thank everyone for their kind words for my cousin Shane. Although Shane and I have not seen each other in many years, we stayed in touch through frequent instant messages on the net. Everytime I open MSN Messenger, my heart breaks seeing his lonely offline notice but I will never remove him from my buddy list.

My first reaction when hearing of his death was extreme anger and then profound sadness. Since it has been turned to love and extreme pride in having had the priviledge of having him as part of my family. I love you and miss you Shane. Until we meet again..."
Keith Holler of Glendale, Arizona/USA

"One year went by. I still cannot believe that Shane is gone forever. For about 20 years we were very close friends. I miss him, but my thoughts are with Jennifer, Hannelore and Skip, Steve and Betty, who have to be so very strong. Life is sometimes just not fair."
Britta Pollmann of Duisburg, Europe/Germany

"To the Family of CPT Shane Mahaffee:
We have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq. Our memorial includes, as of 8/28/06, 162 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put Shane's name on one of them. We have called our display "Arlington MidWest." It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

If you would like us to do this, please email me at arlingtonmidwest@yahoo.com.

We invite you to come to visit Arlington MidWest if you can. A friend has put us up on his website so you can see the memorial here:
www.williamgbecker.com/ArlingtonMidwest.html.

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.""
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"I was fortunate to meet Shane in ROTC at Evangel. He had tenacity for life that told you nothing would get in his way. And when he realized his tenacity was offending people he took the time to publicly apologize in chapel and vowed to be more attentive to other's needs. You witnessed this growth during ROTC advance camp as Shane used his time off in the hospital to assist other cadets who were ill. I will always remember him for his tenacity, but also for his willingness to grow."
Rich Vinson of Champaign, IL

"I am can't tell you how difficult it was to read the recent article about the lose of Shane. I attended Evangel with Shane during his freshman and sophomore year and really believed he was destined for great things. I so admired his dedication and commitment. He seemed to have a resolve about life itself that made others feel more confident and assured just because he was involved. My thoughts, prayers and heartfelt condolences go to his wife and children. I can't begin to tell you how many people his life has touched. I am so sorry for your lose."
Steven Skodak of Mesa, AZ

"I just found out today (almost 2 months later) about this unfortunate news. Shane and I spent alot of time together at Evangel College in Springfield, MO where we went to school together. I always knew that Shane would end up being very successful in the military. I could see the passion that he had when he was going through the ROTC program. I also knew that he would become a great attorney too. Shane had a flare for life and was always the "Life Of The Party." I am shocked and sadden by this news and my prayers go out to you Jennifer and your family. Shane was a hero in my eyes many years ago."
Todd Freitag of Bismarck, ND

"I went to college with Shane. I didn't know him all that well, but what I did see was a man of character and integrity; one who could take the problems of life and maintain an even keel. My prayers are with his friends, family and loved ones."
Harley "Chip" Hansel of Bloomington IL

"It was my privilege to attend college with Shane, go to jump school with Shane, and pin on my 2LT bars with Shane. He was an inspiration to me. He was a good friend. He excelled at everything he touched. He was always positive, motivated, and had a burning desire to serve our country. His loss is a huge blow and I will miss him."
Greg Waters of St. Charles, MO

"I remember Shane and still grieve, although I had the privilege of knowing him for only a year (at court). Shane was a real gentleman. I pray for his whole family. May God provide strength and courage to continue. Love, Rebecca Gutierrez"
Rebecca Gutierrez of Arlington, Texas (new location)

"I had the pleasure of working with Shane everyday for 3 years during his service to the people of Lake County, IL. Shane was a excellent Lawyer, working constantly for his clients. He always had a smile on his face no matter what. Shane was a genuine human being and freind. He always cared about others.
There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about Shane or his wife Jennifer and their two beautiful Kids.

We all miss Shane Dearly, but understand his deep devotion to his Country and why he felt he needed to go.

He will never be forgotten.
God Bless this Solider,father,husband,son & friend"
Molly of Antioch, IL

"Gatlinburg-Tennessee 3rd of July Fallen families coming together.To honor Shane and all our wounded and fallen. We entered a FLOAT in the Gatlinburg Parade on behalf of Shane and all or soldiers. Deeply sadden by the news of Shane, My heart and prays are with Shane and his family. God Bless!"
leonard_wahl@hotmail.com of Spring, Texas

"Shane and I went to law school together. It is wonderful that you all have written such kind words about a man and soldier that I presume none of you have ever met. I am not sure it is possible but knowing the man that Shane was, your tears would have run longer and your pride would have been deeper had you ever had the chance to meet him. I await the day we can share a huge again!"
Pjr of PA

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Shane will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS. "

"May god be with Jennifer as she continues on raising their wonderful children. May the family memories they have together stay close to their hearts. While I have never met the family, Memorial Day will now never be the same for me. I followed Shane's story from the first article announcing his upcoming tour of duty. My heart is with the entire family, especially his wife."
Tonya of Illinois

"I am sorry for your loss, and thank you for this supreme sacrifice. Words cannot express my sorrow that so many military families are facing out of the spotlight. You loved one will never be forgotten. My father served in VietNam,and died years later due to complications of injuries from his service. He is with us. God bless you"
Kathy Nelson of Bethesda, MD

"Thank you Shane Mahaffee, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Capt. Shane Mahaffee:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Shane for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Capt. Shane Mahaffee:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Shane, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on