Sean M. Corlew – Technical Sergeant, United States Air Force

12 July 2002 – WASHINGTON

Two special operations loadmasters were laid to rest July 12, 2002, at Arlington National Cemetery.

Technical Sergeant Sean M. Corlew, 37, of Thousand Oaks, California, and Staff Sergeant Anissa A. Shero, 31, of Grafton, West Virginia, were both assigned to the 15th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Florida.

The two were part of a 10-person crew aboard an Air Force MC-130H Combat Talon II aircraft that crashed June 12, 2002, during takeoff in the Paktika province of Afghanistan. Army Sergeant First Class Peter P. Tycz II, 32, of Tonawanda, New York, also died in the crash.

Corlew participated in many operations, including Just Cause, Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom. After enlisting in the Air Force in 1985, he served at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas; McChord Air Force Base, Washington, and Kadena Air Base, Japan.

While stationed in Japan, Corlew was participating in a training exercise near Guam, when he assisted in the rescue of a Micronesian family whose boat had been lost at sea. Corlew is the recipient of four Air Medals, two Aerial Achievement Medals and two Air Force Commendation Medals. He is survived by his wife, Amy; son, Preston; and daughter, Miranda.

Shero participated in Operation X-MAS Wish in Honduras through December 2001. The operation delivered 5,735 pounds of goods to orphans there. She had more than 2,300 flight hours with about 60 combat hours. She is the recipient of an Air Medal, an Air Force Commendation Medal and two Air Force Achievement Medals. She is survived by her husband, Nathan.

The two were buried with full military honors with family, friends and co-workers in attendance.

“[They] were absolutely the best loadmasters and professional noncommissioned officers,” said Lt. Col. Frank Fields, 15th SOS commander, at an earlier memorial ceremony at Hurlburt Field. “Our heartfelt sympathies go out to their families. All air commandos are deeply saddened by their loss.”

The cause of the crash is not known at this time, although officials say it does not appear to be the result of hostile fire. The incident is under investigation.

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  • VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 03/19/1985 – 06/13/2002
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 06/02/1965
  • DATE OF DEATH: 06/13/2002
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 07/12/2002


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