Army Sergeant Shane Padriag Duffy
Born: June 22, 1985
Fallen: June 4, 2008
Sergeant Shane P. Duffy who was born in Pawtucket, RI and lived in Taunton, MA. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, NY. On June 4, 2008, he became a RI fallen hero from wounds sustained in Sharqat, Iraq when his unit was attacked by enemy forces using small-arms fire and hand grenades.
Born in Pawtucket, RI, Army Sergeant Shane P. Duffy was the son of Keavin P. and Frances E. (Duffy). He grew up in Taunton, MA. He was a 2003 graduate of Taunton High School. Shane joined the Army immediately after high school and was on his second tour of duty in Iraq. He served there for 10 months in 2004 and was re-deployed again in September of 2007.
Taunton High School honored his military service in a softball game on May 23, 2008 where his sister had the game-winning hit. His military education includes the Combat Lifesaver Course and the Air Assault Course. Shane received the Purple Heart for his selfless service and sacrifice. His other awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.
At the young age of 22, Sergeant Duffy became a fallen hero in Iraq less than two weeks after returning from a short visit home on June 4, 2008 when his unit was attacked by enemy forces using small-arms fire and hand grenades. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and parents.