Shawn M Reilly

Shawn M Reilly

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA         
US Army    
Sergeant, 181st Engineer Company, Massachusetts National Guard 
10/16/2011, Louisville, KY, USA

Sergeant Shawn Michael Reilly was born on May 8, 1967 in Pittsfield Massachusetts. He lost his battle to PTSD and TBI October 16, 2011.

He was part of Panama Operation Just Cause parachuting with the 75th Ranger Battalion. He was deployed in 2005 to Operation Iraqi Freedom and in 2007 he was deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom with the 181st Engineer Company. In Ranger school in 1988 he was awarded a trophy for most motivated soldier.  He was the proud recipient of Combat Jump Wings for jumping into Panama with the 75th Ranger Battalion during Operation Just Cause.  He received the Purple Heart Medal for injuries he sustained over in Iraq , Shawn was also had Three Campaign Stars, the U.S. Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. He was an exemplary soldier and loved by many. He was a jokester and the boys in his unit nicknamed him RANGERSMURF because he was only 5’5.

He would do anything for anyone that needed help. He loved football. The Vikings were his favorite team. Shawn was an avid hunter and enjoyed everything to do with the outdoors. His favorite place was in his tree stand in the woods.  Shawn loved being a Ranger and as he called it “Playing Army”. He loved his job serving his country.

Not a day goes by that I do not miss him and his silly antics. He was my best friend and husband and I miss him so very much.

If Tears Could Build A Stairwell

If tears could build a stairwell and memories were a lane,
I would walk right up to Heaven and bring you home again.
No farewell words were spoken, no time to say good-bye…
You were gone before I knew it, and only God knows why.
My heart still aches in sadness and secret tears still flow,
What it means to lose you no one will ever know.

Shawn’s portrait is not yet on a poster


4 Responses to “Shawn M Reilly”
  1. Carrie Reilly says:

    Words cannot express how very grateful I am to you for doing this for me Michael. You are an angel sent from above. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your compassion and kindness. God bless you.

    with much love and gratitude,

    Carrie Reilly
    widow of SGT Shawn M. Reilly

  2. Larry Clinton says:

    It was always good seeing Shawn in the office after a long day. He always had a great story to tell about being on the road, and what some idiot had done. He would make us all laugh. And what I really loved about him was that he was a Ranger, but would never act better than someone who was not. He was a great guy, and I miss him a great deal. Hope he is up stairs having a pop with my step-dad. They were both of the same mold and would have gotten along great!

  3. Mark Sullivan says:

    I participated in the Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range in NM on 17 March 19, along with 8600 other dedicated Patriots. The BMDM is a 26.2 mile hike through the high desert plains to remember the sacrifice of those who suffered through that terrible human tragedy in the Philippines in 1942. Through Memories of, I had the privilege of “marching” with Sgt. Reilly. He did great.

    Rest In Peace, Soldier. I’ve got your six. ✅

  4. Carrie Reilly says:

    Thank you for carrying my husband Mark Sullivan and for coming on here to honor him. It means a great deal to me to know he is not forgotten.

    Much love and respect,
    Carrie Reilly
    widow of SGT Shawn M. Reilly

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