Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. This month’s Honoree is Army Spc. Shannon Chihuahua.
Army Spc. Shannon Chihuahua
Died November 12, 2010 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
25, of Thomasville, Ga.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died Nov. 12 in Watahpur district, Kunar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades.
Slain Fort Campbell soldier to get Silver Star
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. The family of a Fort Campbell-based combat medic killed in combat in Afghanistan is set to receive a Silver Star on his behalf on Feb. 7, 2014.
The U.S. Army awarded the honor to 25-year-old Spc. Shannon Chihuahua of Thomasville, Ga., who died Nov. 12, 2010, during an attack in Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan. The Army says Chihuahua placed his own safety second to that of his fellow soldiers as insurgents fired small arms and rocket-propelled grenades.
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.
A Silver Star is the third highest military decoration for valor granted by the military.
Spc. Shannon Chihuahua 25, of Thomasville, GA. (Army Medic) – KIA in Afghanistan While Helping Others
November 18, 2010 at 11:23 PM
The family of a Thomasville soldier Shannon Chihuahua said they want him remembered as a man who lived life to the fullest. Chihuahua was the fourth of five children.
The 25-year-old U.S. Army Medic was killed as he was trying to help a comrade during an attack in Afghanistan 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 Chihuahua family said it’s looking to a higher being for strength in this difficult time. They tell us they wanted to share Chihuahua’s story; how he lived his life and why he joined the Army. His tragic death reflects the passion he had for saving lives said Kristen Chihuahua his wife of 4-years. “My husband wasn’t just killed he lived an amazing life; in a way some of us are scared to live,” she said.
Despite her efforts to change his mind, Chihuahua joined the Army in 2008. “He said he wanted to save the lives of the men in the front of line,” she adds.
Chihuahua learned about her husband’s death about 6 p.m. Friday. “A chaplain came to my apartment and told me my husband had been killed,” she told the Times-Enterprise during a telephone interview from the Philadelphia airport. Chihuahua’s last conversation with her husband was on the day he died. “He told me he was going out on a mission, and it would be a couple of days before he talked to me again,” the young widow, the former Kristen Freeman of Thomasville, said.
“I love daddy!” exclaims 3-year old Sophia Chihuahua. She can’t quite grasp the sacrifice her father made for his country. Looking into the faces of her girls, Kristen says she’d rather be a single mother than not have them at all. “I’m just so grateful for that because I look at my children and see my husband’s face,” she says.
“I can’t express how proud of him I am. How selfless he was,” says her mother, Kristen Chihuahua. “He loved this country and he believed in what he was fighting for. It meant so much to him for his daughters to be whatever they dreamed they could be.” “Part of the soldier’s creed is never leave a fallen comrade,” explains Shannon’s sister, Jessica Frausto. “Every day he went out and lived up to those words.” His mother Denise Jenkins adds, “When he was a little boy, he said he wanted to be a doctor. At first I thought about him being so clumsy. But he proved to me he could and made us all proud.”
The fallen solider is a Thomasville native and 2004 graduate of Thomas County Central High School. He and his wife married Nov. 4, 2006, two months after they met. His brother Alex Chihuahua remembers when his brother talked about getting a Superman tattoo. Last Friday, his brother became a hero. “I feel like he’s still Superman–bullet proof,” Alex said. His oldest brother Eric Chihuahua says he was so proud of his little brother, his heroic actions instantly made him bigger than all of them. “He became my big brother then” he said. But the Chihuahua family tells us this selfless man was more than a soldier. He was a dedicated father to two beautiful girls; 3-year-old Annabelle and 5-month old Sophia. “I never met anyone who loved their children this much,” said Kristen. “I guess he was trying to love them enough to last for the rest of their lives.” The second youngest of five brothers and sisters was the jokester in the family. “He liked to make other people laugh, even if we were laughing at him,” said Jessica Frausto his youngest sister.
This week there’s tears of sadness but the family says’ there’s also a sense of pride in knowing they were part of a special man’s life. “Even though I only had 4 years of my husband, I considered myself lucky, to have been there to support him in his dreams,” Kristen said. With the help of the entire family she said, her girls will know how special their father was. A positive person, an incredible father — these are the words Kristen Chihuahua used to describe her husband, Army Spc. Shannon Chihuahua Monday. Shannon’s family says fond memories are helping them through this painful time.
“He was just always doing silly things that made you laugh. He was a really fun kid,” says his brother, Eric Chihuahua. Another sister, Christina Smith remembers, “When my mom was pregnant with him, I wanted a little sister. I was like, if it’s a girl we’re going to name her Shanna. But if it’s a boy, we’re going to name him Shannon. So that was his name and he always said why did you have to give me a girl’s name?”
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.