NEWS RELEASES from the United States Department of Defense
No. 008-06 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DoD Identifies Army Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sergeant First Class Shawn C. Dostie, 32, of Granite City, Illinois, died in Baghdad, Iraq, on December 30, 2005, when an mprovised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during patrol operations. Dostie was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Sergeant First Class Shawn C. Dostie
An Army sergeant from Maine who spent some years as a child in the St. Louis area has been killed in Iraq by a makeshift bomb, the military said.
Sergeant Shawn Christopher Dostie, 32, was killed Friday. He had been a career soldier, serving since 1991. He was attached to the 101st Airborne Division assigned to Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
His parents live in Lewiston, Maine. His father was in the Army and moved often, including a stop at the Melvin Price Support Center in Granite City. Dostie went to Granite City High School for his sophomore and junior years, said Principal Jerry McKechan. Dostie attended some middle and high school in the Parkway School District in west St. Louis County.
He and his family moved to Maine, McKechan said. Shortly after graduating from high school, he joined the Army, like his father before him.
Sergeant Dostie will be buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery on 11 January 2006.
Mourning a ‘Dedicated Soldier'
Dostie Remembered for His Love of Country and Family
Shawn Dostie wasn't a new recruit. He didn't join up to fight the war in Iraq or, like many soldiers, view the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, as a call to arms.
Dostie, of Granite City, Illinois, enlisted in the Army in 1991 after graduating from high school. More than a decade later, the 32-year-old sergeant first class, attached to the 101st Airborne Division and assigned to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, viewed the Army as a career.
Army Brigadier General Andrew Twomey presents a U.S. flag to Stephanie Dostie, wife of slain Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Dostie
Family members said that Dostie knew his deployment to Iraq in September was a mission that would place him in harm's way but that he was committed to protecting his platoon of 12 men and women.
A roadside bomb killed Dostie on December 30, 2005, as he patrolled a main supply route near Baghdad. His wife, Stephanie Dostie, 31, said her husband saved three other soldiers riding with him in a Humvee.
He did “everything he could to protect his people,” she told the Sun Journal of Lewiston, Maine. “He took the blast.”
Shawn Dostie's family gathered at Arlington National Cemetery yesterday morning to honor the man they said was a loving father of two who joined the Army to follow in the footsteps of his father, a retired Sergeant First Class.
“He wanted to follow me in,” Dostie's father, Robert Fugere of Rumford, Maine, told the Belleville News-Democrat. “He wanted me to be proud of him.”
Dostie was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.
According to news reports, Dostie had completed Pathfinder training — three weeks of instruction for soldiers who operate in small teams to secure and establish landing or drop zones in advance of air operations — shortly before deploying to Iraq on September 27, 2005.
“Shawn was a dedicated soldier who loved his country, family, friends and the soldiers he served with,” Stephanie Dostie said in a prepared statement. “I watched Shawn evolve into a superior soldier, husband, father and friend.”
Standing yesterday under an awning set up to protect them from a light morning rain, Shawn Dostie's family — including his two children, Cameron, 8, and Bayleigh, 5 — watched as soldiers folded the flag that had draped his coffin.
Weeks after Dostie's death, friends are still reaching out to comfort his family.
“He was a good man and a hard worker,” said Keith Rodgers of Fort Hood, Texas, who penned condolences in an online guest book for mourners. “His work will live on through the soldiers that he trained. . . . Your loved one is a hero.”
“Shawn was an incredible person with a huge heart overflowing with love for his family, friends and this country,” echoed a posting from Ray and Tracey Benton of Fort Polk, Louisiana. “His pride, devotion and dedication as a soldier will never be forgotten. He was and will always be a hero to us.”
Stephanie Dostie of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, with her daughter Bayleigh Dostie, 7,
and son Cameron, 9, visits the grave of her husband, Sergeant First Class Shawn
Dostie, after soldiers placed flags on graves in honor of upcoming Memorial
Day at Arlington National Cemetery Thursday, May 24, 2007.
Shawn Dostie was killed in Iraq Dec. 30, 2005.
Stephanie Dostie and her daughter Bayleigh Dostie, 7,
visit the grave of her husband, Sergeant First Class Shawn Dostie, after soldiers
place flags on graves in honor of upcoming Memorial Day at Arlington
National Cemetery in Arlington
Cameron Dostie, 8, of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, looks for graves of his fallen
father's comrades to place flowers in honor of upcoming Memorial Day at
Arlington National Cemetery, Thursday, May 24, 2007. His father,
Sergeant First Class Shawn Dostie, was killed in Iraq Dec. 30, 2005.
Cameron Dostie, places memorial stones on the grave
of his father, Sergeant First Class Shawn Dostie, after soldiers placed
flags at graves in honor of upcoming Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery
Stephanie Dostie, left, and her daughter Bayleigh Dostie, 9, from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and Christy Young, from Fort Drum, New York, visit the grave of Dostie's husband, U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Shawn C. Dostie, who died serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005, Monday, May 25, 2009, on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery
Bayleigh Dostie, 9, from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, puts flower petals on the grave of her father, U.S. Army
Sergeant First Class Shawn C. Dostie, who died serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005, Monday,
May 25, 2009, on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery. ‘We miss him,' says her mother Stephanie Dostie, ‘he's never alone here.
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