Honoring Shannon :: CR99 220530

Inspired by Charli Mill’s Carrot Ranch, #99WordStories
In 99 words (no more, no less) write,
“the story behind the memorial.”

Manbij map 2

Dear Kent family.

You don’t know me. I was thinking about your daughter, wife and mother, Shannon.

I read about her gift for languages, how she fought and won a battle against cancer, and how she chose to use her skills in our Navy.

I also read how one person, an apparent non-combatant, walking past the restaurant where Shannon was eating — detonated a suicide vest, snatching her away from you.

The date: January 16, 2019.

The city: Manbij, Syria.

Shannon was only 35.

Her memorial is . . . insufficient . . . and,  she left us with an impossible-to-repay debt of gratitude.


This link is a more detailed NSA memorial honoring this remarkable woman.

Shannon’s story simply cannot fit in the few words I have above. The NSA memorial article (Link above & header below) will give you a much better summary of this fallen hero. With the talent she had, she could have done so many other, safer things – yet she chose to serve us, stepped into harm’s way and paid huge price – but only after making a big difference in her second big battle.

May you rest in well-earned peace soldier and
may God cover your family in the most comfort possible.

Shannon_Kent NSA art

Here’s a great Wikipedia article about Shannon’s story

The maps below and above are from Google Satellite images suggesting both where Manbij is in Syria and something of it’s desert nature.

Manbij map 1

GW bio card 4

9 thoughts on “Honoring Shannon :: CR99 220530

    1. Hi Gloria. There are no words, and certainly not 99 which are sufficient to tell her story and properly honor her memory. I hope my small collection of words above draw the attention of some to take note and remember with thanks what she did for us.
      Thanks for giving my article a read.

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  1. It’s difficult to think about how many people – friends, family, people we didn’t know but admired, people we might have come to know – war and military actions take from us. I don’t know why we just can’t stop it from happening. Nice tribute story, Gary.

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    1. Well said Michael and painfully true. We’re always going to have evil people around so we can’t expect that things are going to change much. You’ll think that we could at least stop electing them to leadership but if our last national election is any measure, we’ve not found the bottom of this pit yet either.
      Thanks for reading and helping me honor this hero.


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