Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Maj. Kevin M. Shea

38, of Washington, D.C.
Shea died due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on September 14, 2004.

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"On this Memorial Day, remembering my fellow Marines I think of Lt. Col. Kevin Shea. I knew him early in his career as a young Lt. I was his PMI on the range and always found him to be a personable and competitive person. We would compete at all sorts of things. During the first Gulf War I remember watching him play rugby against some Brits with a warriors spirit but great sportsmanship. I am thankful that I got to serve with such an awesome man and Marine. Semper Fi Lt. Col. Shea"
Chris Sanders, Cpl. USMC of Atlanta, Ga

"Kevin, I'm sorry it's been a year again and another Memorial Day. But I think of you often. I left your poster and flowers at the Central Command Memorial. Peace be with you."
Rob of Tampa

"Kevin, on this Memorial Day 2013, I left a message for you on the Central Command Memorial wall. I brought flowers as well, but don't worry...they were red and gold. I still look up to you, the way you inspired others around you - your calm, confident stare, the way you looked deep into the hearts of those around you and brought out the best in them. You're still leading Marines Kevin and I'm one of them. Peace be with you."
Rob of Tampa, Florida

"Ami, Brenna, Michael - still thinking about your husband and father every day. For those of us who were his comrades and friends we can't help but think about how much better he made us for our association with him. Kevin will always be a standard for us to teach our own children and to hold our own Marine leaders to. God bless. Memorial Day 2013"
Inchon 2 of St Louis

"Happy 46th Birthday, My once future Commander, with whom I broke much bread in the Fallujah chow hall; with you & Ray Berger. You are never far from my thoughts. Moments before you were called home, I wished you a happy birthday as I parted ways with you in order for you to brief the new Regt C.O.
God Bless you, my fellow Irishman and Marine Brother. It's almost midnight on the West Coast. I want you to know I am thinking of you, Sir! Semper Fi!
MGySgt Roach (Ret) USMC"
Jeffrey Roach of Vista, CA

"Maj. Shea, I have thought of you and your family often as the day you left us I was there. I took one of the last pictures of you that circulates the internet today. I remember Iraq far too often, as your face and leaving your family behind reminds me daily what a hero you have been in my daily life. Serving in Iraq under you was not only a privilege, but an honor. My life after being in your office and taking orders to transfer comm. to an army unit away form FOB in Fallujah reminds me daily to kiss my children's foreheads. You, your wife, son and daughter are NEVER forgotten."
-----LCPL Laura of Beaumont Texas

"I had the honor of serving with this hero. I have many fond memories of playing rugby and hanging out while with 9th comm. You will never be forgotten sir. Semper Fi"
Cpl Cochran RW 88-92 of Royse City, TX/USA

"I remember Kevin and I wear his Memorial Bracelet every day. I met Kevin as we arrived in Fallujah in Apr 2004. I was the Battle Cpt for the Army MP Battalion assigned to support RCT-1 during the April uprising. Kevin was amazed at the amount of commo equipment we brought to the fight. Together we coordinated retrans sites in Fallujah and supported the fight. Powerful and intelligent guy who understood and exemplified the meaning of teamwork. R.I.P. Brother and although I am not a Marine, I do know that you epitomize the term "Always Faithful".

Scott
112th MP Battalion MSARNG"
MAJ Scott Lippiatt of Brandon, MS

"I went to High School with Kevin - and although after graduation we didn't stay in touch, I will always remember him encouraging me in class and on the football field. He was a big guy and I was a little guy, and he always encouraged me to "be a bigger man". I can only imagine that he passed that on to others who served with him, and knowing that some of our future leaders were inspired by him is comforting to know.

I think about him often, especially on Memorial day and Veterans day. Even though I knew him for a brief, early part of his life, I still knew him and I want his family to know it still inspires me to this day. One day I will go to Arlington National Cemetary and bring flowers to his grave to thank him for the inspiration to be a better man."
Tim Walsh of Mukilteo WA

"Kevin, as I near retirement after 30 years of service, let me say that you were the finest Marine and Comm O it was my privilege to serve with. That horrible day will be with me forever, but will not dim what times we had at Camp Horno, 29 Palms, and Camp Fallujah. Your Comm Chief and friend always, MGYSGT Ray Berger. "VARSITY""
MGYSGT RAY BERGER of Vista, Ca

"Lt. Col. Shea,

I didn't know you either, but you have just been voted into the USAFA Prep School hall of Fame. From what I have read, it was your character that made your leadership so strong. Thank you sir for everything that you have done."
C3C Cook of U.S. Air Force Academy/ Class of 2011

"Thanks Kevin for all of you guidance, and service. Thanks most of all for your friendship"
Chip Tregle of Saint Francisville, Louisiana

"To the Shae Family...I only knew Kevin briefly at Bishop O'Dea High School. He was 2-3 years older than me. I can still remeber him on the football field and around school. He was a natural leader even then and everyone looked up to him. There were only a few of us from O'Dea that served in Desert Storm, so I remeber the School principal Dr. Elwell talking to me about Kevin and the others when I returned home.
I cried the day the news came....thinking of your family's loss.

I know Kevin was doing what he loved and like anything he did, he was giving it his all. Men like him only come around ever so often.

You are not forgotten.

SGT DOM STOKES U.S. ARMY
CLASS OF 86 O'DEA H.S."
stokes of seattle

"Ami, Brenna, Michael, The shock I had when I read of your terrible loss is nothing compared to what you have gone through these past years. My girls, as they remember your kids from Monterey, are in shock as well. War hits us all and with you it has hit the hardest. Just know my prayers are still with you even though some years have passed."
Kelly Weatherly, tikklrus@cox.net of Chesapeake, VA

"Kevin Shea Memorial Sculpture - US Air Force Academy

A life size sculpture of Kevin Shea has been commissioned by the United States Air Force Academy Class of 1989 to be installed in the Academy's new Heritage Trail in the summer of 2009.

If you have pictures or information about Kevin Shea that might be helpful in the creation of this memorial, please contact the sculptor:
Mark Austin Byrd
13309 Peyton Drive
Dallas, TX
mark@markbyrd.com
Studio: 972-233-7677
Cell: 214-354-1236
or
Alan Burrell
Class Giving Officer
Association of Graduates of the U.S. Air Force Academy
719-472-0300, ext. 115
Cell: 702-204-9676
e-mail al.burrell@aogusafa.org

Semper fi,"
Mark Austin Byrd, Sculptor of Dallas, TX

"To the Shea family,

I served under then Captain Shea while assigned to Charlie Company, JCSE, MacDill AFB, Florida.

Kevin led by example and always took time to listen to his soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. I remember working with him as a jumpmaster on several jumps as well as "infantry" manuevers one cold night in central Florida.

When I heard of his passing, I immediately thought about his family and the great loss not only to our nation, but to his family.

There will be times that you will shed a tear for him as well as that empty feeling that can not every be filled, but remember, Kevin died doing what he loved to do, being a United States Marine.

I often think about both Kevin and Scott Coulter, another member of Charlie Company, who lost his life in Iraq, and pray for both of their families.

May God bless your family.

poole22@cableone.net"
Dale Poole of Prescott Valley, Arizona

"I’m not sure how to say this or where to go with this, but there isn’t a week that goes by without thinking about him. Even as I’m writing this tears fill my eyes. I remember him going up to the building that night, saying bye to all of us, and all the times he rode and fought with us in and around Fallujah. We had some good times, some bad times, more good than bad….and that’s how I remember him. I am proud to have served under and with such a great man. I will never forget him."
CPL E. Gordon of DFW, Texas

"Kevin Shea, I will never forget serving beside you while at Camp Doha, Kuwait in 1998. You always had a kind word and your pleasing grin was contagious.

Rest well my friend."
USAF MSgt Dennis Weems of Germany

"August 22, 2008
To the family of Maj. Kevin M. Shea:
Kevin 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

"My young son, then Cpl Danny Anfang served under Kevin. His personal commitment, compassion and dedication to his men transcended all ranks. Because of his care and wisdom, my son is safely home today. Every day our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his beautiful family (who I have had the honor to meet). I wish them well and want them to know that he is a TRUE AMERICAN HERO."
Barry Anfang of Staten Island, NY

"Lt Col Shea was a true marine."
---- of California

"To the entire Shea family, Thank you and God bless all of you. I came across Kevin's web site by chance. My name is also Kevin P Shea from Lyndhurst Ohio. (east side of Cleveland) I sit here and I am deeply gratefull for Kevin's sacrifice. THANK YOU!"
kevin shea of Lyndhurst, Ohio.

"Maj. Shea,
Sir, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just in OIF, but also for your service in Desert Storm as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"Family and Friends,
Kevin Shea will be sadly missed by his troops at JCSE "Charlie Company"."
Ron Folks of Tampa, Florida

"kevin,renace siempre, en aquellas personas que hacen honorable pertenecer a la humanidad toda."
ombretta of buenos aires argentina

"I didn't know Lt. Col Shea but I wear a band on my arm signifying the sacrifice that he made. My prayers go out to his family and my thanks goes out to Lt. Col Shea for his dedication to our country."
Yvonne B. of Atlanta, GA

"por una guerra justa todas las vidas...por una guerra injusta una gran luto para la humanidad."
ombretta of buenos aires, argentina

"To the Shea Family,
My name is William Price and I served with Kevin at MacDill back around 1997-99. He was my Company Commander (QRC and later Charlie Company) before I transfered overseas. He always had words of encouragement and lead by example. There was nothing that we wouldn't do for him, and we always knew that he had our back. He will always be fondly remembered by me and I just want you to know that it was my honor to have served with him."
SFC (Ret) William C Price of Harker Heights Texas

"How do I start... Kevin was my best friend for many years up till the time he left for the Air Force Academy. We were in Boys Scotts together and I spent many wonderful days at his house, just being boys and getting in trouble. It has taken me a long time to write anything as the news of Kevin death came as such a shock to me and I have had a very hard time dealing with it. I myself have now served in the US Army for 23 years and have delt with my soldiers passing, but his was the heardest for me to deal with. Kevin was a good friend and person, he was always there for a friend and never thought of himself as better then anyone. I can still see his face when he was 11 and in the Boy Scouts, I will always remember him and his family, my second family. Rest well my frind."
1SG Vance Whippo of Marysville, Washington

"To the family of:Kevin M. Shea 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"

"gracias por haberme conducido hacia la verdad..dios tiene caminos infinitos"
ombretta of argentina

"I served with Kevin until that fateful day...his birthday. I was one of the last people he spoke to before he died. Until the end, Kevin was concerned with others and their welfare; telling me to go to school when I got out and reminding me that he was trying everything he could to get as many of us home as possible. He was a caring, generous, intelligent and capable leader, as well as a man who you could approach with ideas, thoughts or criticisms.

He was a mentor and a leader. He was my boss and my friend. He was a Marine and I will always remember him."
Sgt Ian Waldrop of San Ramon, CA

"I went to grade school with Kev, his father coached our soccer team. Kevin and I parted ways after the years at St Lukes, he going to O'Dea and me to Blanchet. I think of his sacrifice often and remember the boy he was. I always liked Kevin because he always did what he thought was right. As a stalwart friend a young boy couldn't want a better companion than Kev. I still remember when he first showed up from Texas, and even though I haven't spoken to him since probably 1980 I will always remember him as the freckle faced kid who played fullback and halfback with me on the soccer team.

Rest well old friend."
Marty of Everett, WA USA

"james Blunt es un cantante que es capaz de escribir estas letras, pero James BLunt tambien es un exsoldado...porque envio esto...porque detras de un uniforme , un arma, una lucha...siempre esta el hombre, el espiritu...los sentimientos...pienso que Kevin era uno de esos hombres



Did I disappoint you or let you down?
Should I be feeling guilty or let the judges frown?
'Cause I saw the end before we'd begun,
Yes I saw you were blinded and I knew I had won.
So I took what's mine by eternal right.
Took your soul out into the night.
It may be over but it won't stop there,
I am here for you if you'd only care.
You touched my heart you touched my soul.
You changed my life and all my goals.
And love is blind and that I knew when,
My heart was blinded by you.
I've kissed your lips and held your head.
Shared your dreams and shared your bed.
I know you well, I know your smell.
I've been addicted to you.

Goodbye my lover.
Goodbye my friend.
You have been the one.
You have been the one for me.

I am a dreamer but when I wake,
You can't break my spirit - it's my dreams you take.
And as you move on, remember me,
Remember us and all we used to be
I've seen you cry, I've seen you smile.
I've watched you sleeping for a while.
I'd be the father of your child.
I'd spend a lifetime with you.
I know your fears and you know mine.
We've had our doubts but now we're fine,
And I love you, I swear that's true.
I cannot live without you.

Goodbye my lover.
Goodbye my friend.
You have been the one.
You have been the one for me.

And I still hold your hand in mine.
In mine when I'm asleep.
And I will bear my soul in time,
When I'm kneeling at your feet.
Goodbye my lover.
Goodbye my friend.
You have been the one.
You have been the one for me.
I'm so hollow, baby, I'm so hollow.
I'm so, I'm so, I'm so hollow."
ombretta of argentina

"mañana .es un dia donde alguien con un gran valor y don de gente, se marchaba a otro estado del alma, tal vez, si no hubiera sido por alguien a quien yo conozco, nunca hubiera sabido de su existencia, por lo tanto debo agradecer esto, es verdad que existen seres especiales, no es un sueño mio, por lo tanto vale pena seguir viviendo y educando a nuestros hijos con grandes valores, no todo esta perdido, debemos continuar por la memoria de aquellos que dieron sus vidas. agradecida.
ombretta de argentina"
ombretta of argentina

"Dear Shea Family;
It's been almost two years since the time Kevin was killed, and over twelve years since I last spoke with him, but I still often think about the time we served together in 9th Comm. Lt. Shea was my platoon commander in 9th comm. mux. platoon, we also played rugby together for the Ghost Riders, 9th Comm (base champs 1990), and the All Marine Rugby Team when we got back from Desert Storm. As a young Lt. Keven was loved and respected by all of us in the platoon and we knew we could count on him in any situation. Off duty he was a good buddy to hang out with reguardless of your rank, in fact I was out with him and a few other ruggers at Fibbers in PB the night I met my wife. Kevin was a true officer and a gentleman. Sincely Cpl. Greg MacLean"
Greg MacLean of Bakersfield CA USA

"En mi patria de adopcion Argentina. estos dias se recuerda "la gesta de mayo", a veces siento que este hermoso pais , tan joven aún, no existe ese amor autentico por que es una patria...pero el tiempo que ayuda a compraender, hara lo suyo con las proximas generaciones. por eso escribo a Kevin , porque yo soy sobrina de un heroe de guerra de la segunda guerra mundial,, y nuestro orgullo hacia Manglio torresi es infinito murio a los 27 años...y era MIPE... igual fue defender a su patria ...entiendo lo que es la entrega a la patria..."
ombretta of argentina

"Shea Family,
I served in the same unit as Kevin in Macdill. Recently I came across a video tape of one of our jumps from a UH-60 Blackhawk. Capt. Shea (at that time) was one of the jumpmasters that day and I have footage of him doing what he did best...helping and leading others. If you would like a copy of this, please contact me at ryanfoos@sbcglobal.net. I hope that in some way this could help you remember Kevin at his finest. I am proud to say that I was lucky enough to serve with him."
Ryan Foos of Olathe, KS

"God Bless Sir. You were the gentle giant of RCT 1. It was an honor to serve with you."
MM

"Kevin, seguro amaria esta cancion, hoy se la dejo en su lugarcito donde los que supimos de el lo recordamos
..."Si bastasen un par de canciones
Para que desde el cielo
Nos llovieran antiguos amores
Que una noche se fueron
Puede pasar puede pasar
Hasta el desierto se puede llenar con el agua del mar
Si bastasen dos simples canciones
Para unirnos a todos
Yo podria cantarlas tan fuerte
Que me oyeran los sordos
Puede ocurrir, puede ocurrir
Hasta los muros que nunca pensamos se pueden abrir
Si bastasen dos buenas canciones
Para echar una mano
Se podrían hallar mil razones
Para ser más humanos
Puede pasar puede pasar
Para dejar de acudir al remedio de la caridad
Dedicadas para los que están
Abandonados
Dedicadas para los que están
Con un futuro indiferente
Sin un pasado, sin un presente
Dedicadas para los que están
Desesperados
Dedicadas para los que están
Sumidos en un sueño muy profundo
Más fuera que dentro de este mundo
Si bastasen dos grandes canciones
Para hacer bien las cosas
Si trajeran las mil ilusiones
De los sueños en rosa
Y un corazón y un corazón
Que nos transmita al latir el calor y la fuerza del sol
Dedicadas para los que están
Abandonados
Qué está pasando que un par de canciones no nos bastarán
No nos bastarán
No bastarán"
ombretta of buenos aires/argentina

"My deepest condolences to the Shea Family. I knew Kevin back when we were stationed in Camp Pendleton playing Rugby. He was an amazing individual with a love for our Corps and a drive for success. It pains my heart to know that he is no longer here among us. I pray for him and for you. God Bless"
Sgt. Jose L. Silva of Sacramento, California

"conoci a Kevin a traves de un amigo marino que me hablo de el, tengo muchas fotos de el, y lo considero un heroe absoluto, creo que su espiritu me condujo a encontar esta pagina, es la unica explicacion que encuentro, Dios me acompaña siempre en mis caminos y deja signos en el para que yo los tome, asi fue como conoci a Kevin. cuando vaya a EEUU dejare flores en su tumba y una carta que seguramente el podra leer ya que es la sombra de un gigante la sombra del amor.
Ombretta Lotti
ombrettalotti@hotmail.com
argentina"
Ombretta Lotti of Buenos Aires/Argentina

"I served in 2nd Battalion/ 1st Marine Regiment. Major Shea was a well liked and respected professional. His loss was felt deeply among all of those in the regiment and battalions who had served with him. On this Veterans Day I would like to remember one of the heroes of OIF that I was fortunate to serve with."
GySgt Paul Ratchford of Twentynine Palms, CA

"Our son, LCPL Nicholas C. Kirven is buried at Arlington Cemetery. He was killed during a 6 hour fire fight with insurgents in Afghanistan on Mother's Day. He was ambushed while clearing a cave. We go to Arlington Cemetery every weekend and I try to learn more about the men who surround Nicholas there. We live in Fairfax and welcome contact if you are interested. Please know we honor Kevin for his service, bravery and loyalty. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers."
Beth Belle of Fairfax, VA

"It was with deep sadness that I learned of the death of Kevin. My family and I were stationed with him and Ami at MacDill AFB in Tampa and spent time together talking about our families, having dinner, watching our kids play together and sharing fellowship. He was an awesome individual who made you proud to a member of the same profession. I was returning from Afghanistan when Kevin was killed and did not learn of his death for many months. It has had a deep impact on me as I perform my duties each day. Kevin was a great man and friend. But I will remember Kevin always and now he is serving in the Mansion of the Lord. Rest in Peace my friend."
Maj Jeff Heyse (jjheyse@msn.com) of Ft Worth TX

"To the Shea family,
I did not know LTC Shea, but after hearing about him I started looking for more info about him. I just wanted to express my gratitude for men like him, real American heroes, and the only reason why I was able to grow up free. Thanks for his service and God bless you all.
Sincerelly,
C4C Achilles Leon
US Air Force Academy
Class of 2009"
Achilles Leon of Tucson, AZ

"To the Shea Family,
I taught at the Naval Academy with Kevin and remember him as a warm and sincere gentleman.The Midshipmen loved him and I was in awe of his accomplishments at such an early age. He and your family are in my constant prayers. I will always remember him. God Bless,
Jack Freeze
Adjunct professor
United States Naval Academy"
Jack Freeze of The Villages, Florida

"To the Shea Family,
Kevin was family to me. He taught me how to play Rugby while we were at 1st Force Recon. He was an incredible man and gentle giant in every aspect. I am a better man for knowing him and I know the true measure of your loss. He loved his family and talked of them often. For some reason I look at his picture everyday and am still in disbelief. I loved him as a brother. If there is anything that I can do for his family or children, please don't hesitate to call, now or anytime in the future. God Bless You and Keep You. Maj Larry Clayton, USMC Retired. claydad61@yahoo.com"
Larry Clayton of Chesapeake VA USA

"I served with Kevin at First Force Recon Company from 1996-98. He was universally liked, trusted and respected. He took a genuine interest in subordinate's welfare. He and was the eternal optimist towards underachievers whom he mentored tirelessly. The Marine Corps and America is a lesser place for his passing. Thank God for men like Kevin Shea. I was privledged to have served with him."
LtCol Trent Blackson USMC of US Special Operations Command Tampa, FL

"To the Shea family: I didn't know Kevin, and you don't know me, but I have a bracelet with his name and date of death on it. I read about these bracelets in the Chicago Tribune, and I purchased one at www.herobracelets.org. Part of the cost goes to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. When I received my bracelet, I decided to search on the internet for information about Kevin. I was able to learn about what a wonderful young man he was, and I am so sorry for your loss. Also, I am so grateful he was willing to serve and protect our country. I am a 62-year-old wife, mother of two (My own son is 38), and grandmother of three. Because of Kevin and others like him, my family and I can feel safer. I hope you find comfort in your memories of him."
Connie Nelson (connienel@aol.com) of Naperville, IL

"Kevin and I lived across the hall from each other at The Basic School in Quantico, VA, in 1989. He carried the heavier M60 machinegun on all the hikes - normally it gets passed around - he carried it the whole time. That is one small example of his character.
Our paths crossed again in Monterey, CA, in 2001 when we were both in grad school. Nothing in his biography surprises me. His accomplishments, seeing his family, it is all what I would have expected from him.
He was a gentleman.
He was the kind of man and citizen that represents the very best of America. I will miss him."
LtCol Michael Shoup, USMC of Stafford, VA

"Dear Ami,
Today while reading the Washington Post "Faces of the Fallen" I saw Kevin's face, and I recognized him as Michael's father. I remember the last time I saw Michael in clinic (he looked so good!) and talked to you all, right before you moved. I could tell you were a tight family and Kevin was a brave and supportive dad to Michael and his sister.
I am so sorry for your loss. I can only imagine the devastation you must feel. Your family has had to endure some rough times over the past few years. I will remember Kevin and Michael both for their strength and courage and I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely,
Dana Foer
Johns Hopkins Pediatric Neurosurgery
(retired)"
Dana Foer of Baltimore, MD

"Ami, Brenna and Michael
I am saddened by the lose of your husband and father. He was a brave and caring family man. Keep happy memories of him in your heart to gain strength as you move into the future. We will never forget the sacrifice he made to keep us free from harm in our country. You are in my thoughts and prayers."
Zetta Hart of Severna Park, Maryland

"The Shea family & friends,

The loss of Major Shea leaves this world without the greatest mentor, leader, coach, and friend that I have known. I only hope I can take what he taught us and be the best leader that I can. I know that every person that was coached by Major Shea at the Academy feels the same way."
Ens Ryan Jackson of Pensacola, FL

"Major Shea, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"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. Your HERO, Kevin, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

"To Mr. and Mrs. Shea, Tom, Dan, and Ami:

I don't know what to say except my deepest condolences for your loss. Kevin was like a brother to me and his loss will be very difficult one to accept. I don't think I have ever known a better man and one with as big a heart as Kevin had. We should all aspire to the example that he set as a father, a soldier, and a human being. My thoughts and prayers are with you and his two beautiful kids. May god allow you some comfort during this very difficult time."
Donny Wood, Kevin's former roommate and friend of Oklahoma City OK (djwood67@sbcglobal.net)

"To Kevin's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To Kevin's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"To the family of Kevin,
Our sincerest condolences for your loss. We know your pain as our family as also suffered the loss a precious life in this battle for freedom. With pride we will remember Kevin as a true American hero who with bravery sacrificed for our country. May God bless you during this difficult time."
The McClain family--azquail@att.nett of Tucson, AZ

"To the family and friends of Major Kevin M. Shea,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. Please register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, California

"Thank you Kevin Shea, 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 Maj. Kevin Shea:
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 Kevin 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 Maj. Kevin Shea:
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 Kevin, 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