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