CORTLAND, NY, USA U.S. Army PFC, BATTERY A, 2D BATTALION, 377TH FIELD ARTILLERY, FORT RICHARDSON, AK KARBALA, IRAQ 01/20/2007
Shawn Patrick Falter knew how to lighten a moment just when you needed it, said Fred Farah, his former principal. He was an easygoing kid.
From Cortland, New York, Shawn was a quiet, hardworking student who played varsity football and basketball. Shawn was an American patriot who was loyal, and cared about and always put others first.
His brother, Andrew Lucas, recalled the time when they pinky-swore to silence about a fender bender in a neighbor’s driveway. While in the Army, Shawn gave up his own leave time to allow a fellow soldier to return home to his wife and children. No matter what the situation was, with Shawn, everyone else came first, said friend Matt Russell.
Shawn graduated high school in 1999, worked construction and enlisted in 2005, following in the footsteps of his three older brothers.
He was killed in Karbala, Iraq, on January 20, 2007. Private First Class Shawn P. Falter, 25, was stationed in Richardson Alaska Army Active duty 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute. Falter was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.