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May 28, 2012


Memorial Day: LCpl Shawn P. Hefner – Bringing Home a Hero

A great video to watch not for the music but simply to watch America.

God bless America.

There is more here at USFallen:

As his procession arrived in Hico the entire town of 1300 citizens greeted their hero home. An equestrian group paraded down Main Street and made a circle around the funeral home.

LCpl. Hefner was fun-loving and fearless, said his father, Patrick Hefner of Hico. “He was an outdoorsman,” said his father, a former Marine. “He loved to fish and camp. If it could be done outdoors, that’s where he wanted to be.”

LCpl. Hefner was born Dec. 4, 1986, in Kansas City, Mo., and moved with his family to Hico in 1991. He was a 2006 graduate of Hico High School.

He joined the Marines in January 2008 and was deployed to Afghanistan in June. Almost immediately, he demonstrated his toughness, when he received a concussion after his Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle was rocked by an explosion.

His mother, Robin Hefner of Hico, had instructed her son to document his tour of duty with photographs. LCpl. Hefner faithfully carried out his mother’s request – even after that attack.

“They were carting him off in helicopters, and he was lying on his back taking pictures of his buddies up in front of him,” his father said.

In addition to his mother and father, LCpl. Hefner leaves behind a brother, a sister, a grandfather, and a grandmother.


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Sarah, Thank you for posting this video.  I remember reading about it last fall but had not yet seen this copy of tape.

Whats not mentioned in the posted article is mention of the motorcycle escort.  The riders are members of the Patriot Guard Riders who only participate at the invitation of the family.  They turn out for funerals for veterans as well as those killed in action like the LCpl.  One recent escort here in East Texas had 130+ bikes involved.  I’m a member of the chapter here in East Texas.  You can learn more about the PGR here, http://www.patriotguard.org/

[1] Posted by bob+ on 5-28-2012 at 10:28 PM · [top]

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