728 Jefferson St
Kerrville, TX 78028
US ARMY VETERAN
The family of Mr. Harry Shaw, a US Army Veteran, requests the presence and participation of the San Antonio Patriot Guard at the services, LEO supported procession, and graveside rendering of military honors of their loved one. We are honored to accept this invitation.
Sgt. Harry E. Shaw, 59, of Kerrville, Texas passed away on Friday 13th August 2021 at home in Kerrville. Harry was raised in foster homes in Stoutland, Missouri, after being abandoned by his birth parents at age 9. At age 10, he started writing to army recruiters, always knowing what he wanted to be. They sent Harry posters and told him to come back when he was a bit older. He joined the National Guard at 17 completing Basic Training between his Junior and Senior years.
After graduating High School, he went Active Duty and was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He signed up for the 82nd Airborne before he got off the bus.
In October 1983, he was deployed to Grenada as a replacement with C Battery 1st Battalion 320th Field Artillery for Operation Urgent Fury. On the third day and the last battle of the campaign he was hit, first in the arm by a Cuban sniper and then 10 minutes later by “friendly fire” from an A7 airstrike when a marine called in the wrong coordinates.
He owed his life to Jean Luc Nash and Tim Andruss who saved his life on the battlefield. He lost both legs and half of his small intestine – they operated on him in a field hospital with no anesthetic – just an ice cube – he was tough. He wasn’t expected to survive and received last rites 3 times. His unit back home were told that he had died, and then later they were told “he isn’t dead yet.”
During his army career, he was awarded the Purple Heart, a Bronze Star Medal with valor device, the Army commendation medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Good Conduct Award, Parachute badge, Army Service Ribbon, and Marksman Qualification Badges. He was medically retired in June 1984.
Harry never looked back, never said ‘Why me?’ He made a conscious decision from the outset not to wallow, but to live his life to the fullest – and he did.
Harry was brought from the USS Independence to Fort Sam Houston, and after his recovery, settled in San Antonio. He attended the University of the Incarnate Word where he received his Bachelor’s degree in History and Politics and completed a Master’s degree in Politics from University of Texas. 10 years later, he moved to Port Aransas, Texas where he lived for a few years before moving to Boulder, Colorado and then Youngstown, Ohio. It was while he lived in Ohio that he met his wife Ginny in an IRC chatroom- long before Internet romance was socially acceptable! 6 weeks later he came to the UK to visit and stayed 6 years.
Harry and Ginny were married 5th October 1998 in Cardiff, UK, forming an instant family with his much-loved stepchildren Sebastian and Chloe, their daughter Lucienne was born 5 years later and shortly afterwards they returned to Port Aransas together and lived there until 2012.
Harry always gave his time to the community, he volunteered at the Animal Rehabilitation Keep, Port Aransas Community Theatre and the Presbyterian Church, where he taught the GED program. Most notable was his work for the community hurricane shelter when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. He cooked 3 meals a day for 6 weeks spending 16 hours a day at the shelter.
In 2010 he had the opportunity to make his 33rd and last parachute jump with world champion parachutist Jay Stokes. Jean Luc Nash jumped with him. It was one of his happiest days.
In 2012 they moved to the Texas Hill Country, Harry became a regular in the Playhouse2000 scene shop and operated lights for 2 shows, but mostly his days were spent reading his massive book collection, writing poetry, cooking, caring for Lucie, enjoying his grandchildren and sharing stories with his Airborne brotherhood. When Hurricane Harvey hit Port Aransas, he spent a week there helping to clean up at the theatre, the VFW and veteran’s homes.
In 2018 he was invited to speak at the 35th anniversary memorial in Grenada. In a weeklong trip of a lifetime, he was able to revisit the site of the airstrike and adopted a young family living there. He was also adopted by the Gold Star families who love him fiercely and treated him as one of their own.
Harry was preceded in death by his parents in law Peter and Margaret Adams and by Sean Luketina and the other Brothers in Arms killed in Action during Urgent Fury, his dearest friend, savior and mentor Jean Luc Nash and his beloved 1st Sergeant Gordon ‘Top’ Graves.
He is survived by his wife and soulmate Ginny, his darling, treasured daughter Lucienne, his children Sebastian Tugwell (Trish) and Chloe Goss (Christopher), his adored grandchildren Maia Goss and Miles Tugwell. His much-loved sister in law Kathy Adams (Bill) and all of his siblings including April Saltz York, Parker Cooper (Heather) and Matthew Gray Shaw (Mike), nieces Courtney Spurgeon (Elijah) and Grace York and beloved cousin Peggy Enlow (John).
Harry’s body will be cremated, and his ashes interred at Fort Sam. Ashes will also be scattered in the future at Roskilly Duckponds in St. Keverne, Cornwall UK, which Harry and Ginny regard to be their favorite place in the world.
Harry was a true American hero; He had the nickname ‘Hardcore’ which he lived up to all through his life. Countless tributes referred to him as a rock star, a badass and a legend. But his greatest gift has been as a husband, father and grandfather. He will be so terribly missed
WEATHER: Hi 91 / Lo 70, 0% Chance of Rain, 90% Humidity, Wind: 5 mph SE
REQUESTOR: Christopher G. Dion, Family SPOX
STAGING: 10:45 am, Friday, September 3, 2021
Grimes Funeral Home
728 Jefferson Street
Kerrville, Texas 78028
BRIEFING: 11:00 am
HONOR LINE: 11:20 am
KSU: 11:30 am (Semper Gumby)
**THIS IS A MOTORCYCLE ESCORT ONLY. NO CAGES PLEASE
INTERMENT: 1:30 pm – Shelter #3 (Call to Verify)
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
1520 Harry Wurzbach Road
San Antonio, Texas 78209
**THE CAGES WILL MEET AT THE SHELTER IN FT. SAM HOUSTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
RC: Kurt “Goose” Goslin
FC: Richard “Bean” Sandoval
1. Iron horses if you can, cages are always welcome and appreciated and unless under special circumstances not allowed in processions. You do not have to have a motorcycle to participate in honoring our veterans.
2. Safety First: Please remember to properly hydrate (including the night before) before any outdoor activity and to dress appropriately. Do not hesitate to take a break at any time if you feel you need to get in the shade or get indoors and always ask for help at any time. Also please do not forget your sun screen.
3. Please remember that our mission is to stand tall and silent, and with honor and. NO TALKING, SMOKING, CHEWING OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS, OR CELL PHONE USE IN THE FLAG LINE!
4. Cemeteries are hallowed ground. Please keep radios off and engine noise to a minimum. Observe the 15 MPH speed limit. Show our respect to ALL who are in attendance.
5. If riding/driving a motorcycle on Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, which is located within a Military Installation, you will need to wear closed toe shoes, long sleeve shirt, gloves, DOT approved helmet, eye protection, long pants, and boots/shoes that cover the ankle.
Before volunteering and/or attending any San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders missions we encourage you to review all safety information below. Included are some potential safety concerns to be aware of, however this does not include the full scope of all potential hazards. Anyone attending any San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders mission understands that they do so at their own risk. Neither the Patriot Guard Riders Organization nor its representatives are liable for any damages incurred on any PGR mission or event.
EVERY RIDER IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for their own safety at all times while riding in a funeral procession.
At NO TIME are any riders authorized to block any intersection or otherwise block or impede traffic laws in any way. Only Law Enforcement officials are authorized to block and/or impeded the lawful flow of traffic.
If you choose to fly a Flag on your bike you are SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for ensuring it is secured and not a danger to any other rider or traffic.
Bob “Pizza Man” Johnson
Deputy State Captain
San Antonio Patriot Guard
Dignity, Honor, Respect
“We can’t all be heroes. Some of us get to stand on the curb and clap as they go by.”