PFC Harry N. Shondee Jr.

PFC Harry N. Shondee Jr.

PFC. HARRY N. SHONDEE - U.S. Army

Hometown / City: GANADO, AZ APACHE
Date of Death: Tuesday, August 3, 2004
Conflict: Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq)
Branch: U.S. Army
Rank: Pfc.
Unit: C COMPANY, 2D BATTALION, 12TH CAVALRY REGT, (1 CAV) , FORT HOOD, TX 76544

Birth: Oct. 25, 1984, USA
Death: Aug. 3, 2004, Iraq

Pfc. Harry N. Shondee of Ganado, Ariz., was especially adept at technology and science and was the most skillful player in town when it came to military video games. His bedroom wall was full of plaques and medals and other things he had won. He graduated from Ganado High School in May 2003 and immediately went to boot camp. Shondee planned to study architectural engineering on the G.I. Bill. He had a great desire to improve the homes of his family and the Navajo people. He was of the Tzil nai Tabaaha Clan and born for the Nakai Din Clan, was the youngest of two brothers and three sisters. His parents, Harry Shondee Sr. and Isabel, said in an interview last week, their son was a "true Navajo hero." He was also one to put other people's needs before his own and was positive about his purpose in the war. He was not one to sit by passively. He wanted to live his life. The Navajo Nation ordered all flags to be posted at half-staff last week in memory of him. Harry used to pick up his family members as if they were dolls, squeezing them in giant bear hugs that showed his strength and tenderness all at once. Now, just a year after he graduated from high school, 19-year-old Shondee is dead. He was sincere, modest, selfless and brave and he will remembered for the smile he always wore and for his giant bear hugs. He died of injuries sustained while on patrol Aug. 2 when an improvised explosive device detonated near the in Baghdad at age 19.

Army
2nd Battalion
12th Armored Cavalry Regiment
1st Cavalry Division
Fort Hood, Texas

Burial:
Ganado Community Cemetery
Ganado
Apache County
Arizona, USA