Donald P. Shaw – Colonel, United States Army

From a contemporary press report:

Colonel (Ret.) Donald P. Shaw, age 70, of White Birch Lane, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, passed away Thursday in the Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill.

Born on April 18, 1932 in Charleston South Carolina, he is the son of the late Harry E. and Lila Palmer Shaw. He was a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, Class of 1954. After a 30 year military career, which included two tours of duty in Vietnam, command of a Cavalry Squadron, and serving as a director of the United States Military History Institute at the Army War College, Carlisle Pennsylvania, Don and his wife, Joan, settled in Carlisle in 1984.

Following his retirement from the Army, Don worked as a consultant to a variety of defense contractors. Don loved learning, language, and life, and will be remembered by those who loved him for his quick wit, love of music and books, and keen insights into world events. He spent his last years surrounded by good friends and an extended military family, which stretched from Carlisle, Pennsylvania, to South Carolina and west to Washington State.


Surviving is his wife of 45 years, Joan Ferrall Shaw; three sons, Peter D. Shaw, Carlisle, Lieutenant Colonel  David E. Shaw and Lieutenant Colonel William Palmer Shaw, both of Fort Lewis, Washington; two Brothers, H.E. Shaw and Robert Bruce Shaw, both of Columbia, SC; four grandchildren, Katherine, David, Kevin and Allison. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2002 in the U.S. Army War College Memorial Chapel, Carlisle Barracks, with the Rev. Canon Mark A. Scheneman and Chaplain Sonny Moore officiating. Burial is tentatively set for 3 p.m. August 28, in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

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