Thursday, September 03, 2009

Army Spc. Jordan M. Shay

Remember Our Heroes

Army Spc. Jordan M. Shay, 22, of Salisbury, Mass.

Spc Shay was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.; died Sept. 3, 2009 in Baqubah, Iraq, of injuries sustained in a vehicle rollover. Also killed was Army Staff Sgt. Todd W. Selge.

Boston Globe -- The body of Army Specialist Jordan Shay, an Amesbury native, arrived in the state yesterday, a week after he was killed in a vehicle accident in Iraq.

“It was a very emotional moment for the family, friends, military, and onlookers as well,’’ said Master Sergeant Pallas Wahl, a spokesman for the Massachusetts National Guard. It’s a “very sad day when a soldier returns home in that manner.’’

Shay was an active-duty soldier with Company A, Fifth Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment from Fort Lewis, Wash.

Shay’s body arrived at Hanscom Air Force Base at 9:30 a.m. The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment received the body from the plane, Wahl said.

Shay, 22, was a graduate of Amesbury High School’s class of 2005. His family now lives in Newburyport.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today at Twomey Leblanc and Conte Funeral Home, located in Newburyport. A funeral Mass will be held tomorrow at Holy Family Parish in Amesbury.

Shay and another soldier were killed Sept. 3 in a vehicle rollover in Baqubah. Shay’s aunt said last week that the family would greatly miss him, but was also proud of his service

Army Spc. Jordan M. Shay was killed in action on 9/03/09.

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