Friday, November 12, 2010

Army Spc. Shannon Chihuahua

Remember Our Heroes

Army Spc. Shannon Chihuahua, 25, of Thomasville, Ga.

Spc Chihuahua was assigned to 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died Nov. 12, 2010 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades.

Spc. Shannon Chihuahua's younger sister Jessica Riley Frausto has confirmed the killed soldier was married and had just celebrated his four year anniversary. He also had two daughters, one three and the other four and was the fourth of five children. "I’m his youngest sister and we graduated together," Frausto said.

Fort Campbell reports that 25-year-old Spc. Shannon Chihuahua of Thomasville, Ga., died Friday after suffering massive trauma in the incident in the Wataphur District, Konar province. The Defense Department says the unit was attacked by insurgents with small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades.

The post says Chihuahua was a combat medic assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. He joined the Army in July 2008 and arrived at Fort Campbell in July 2009.

Patriot Guard rider Harry Trawick confirmed Spc. Shannon Chihuahua was a medic with the 101st Airborne of Thomasville, Ga.

He also said Chihuahua's family were told by the military that Chihuahua was going to the aide of another soldier under fire when he was killed Nov. 12 but this has not been confirmed by the military.

"He always had a smile on his face and full of energy," said Thomas County Central High classmate Joshua McEown of Spc. Shannon Chihuahua. McEown was in school with Chihuahua from sixth grade until they graduated in 2004 and they also sung in the school's choral department.

"I don’t remember anyone ever having a bad thing to say about him," McEown said. "He wasn’t worried about all the stress and drama that comes with high school."

“I just miss how positive he was and how much that he would tell me he loved me 100 times or more each day,” Kristen Chihuahua said. “I’m just glad to have been the woman to have been there to support him.” The couple met in July 2006 and celebrated their fourth anniversary Nov. 4. He had two daughters, Sophia, 2, and Annabelle, 4 months, and was an incredible father, Kristen said.

He was deployed May 2010 and she last saw him June 22, two weeks after Annabelle was born. “He was full of energy and always wanted to make people smile,” she said.

Survivors include his wife, Kristen Chihuahua, and daughters, Sophia Chihuahua and Annabelle Chihuahua, of Thomasville Ga.; mother, Dennice Dinkins of Thomasville, Ga.; and father, Sebastian Chihuahua of Del Rio, Texas.

Army Spc. Shannon Chihuahua was killed in action on 11/12/10.

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