Let the memory of Shawn be with us forever
  • 24 years old
  • Born on February 27, 1982 .
  • Passed away on February 19, 2007 .

Long before Shawn M. Dunkin landed in Iraq, he protected others. When he was 12 years old, his family said, he and a cousin rescued five drowning girls from a river in Michigan. He wanted to be out in front, searching for the enemy. "As he matured, it became a mission for him," said his stepmother, Jan Dunkin. "It was his life." Dunkin, 25, of Columbia, S.C., was killed by a roadside bomb Feb. 19 in Baghdad. He was a 1999 high school graduate and was assigned to Fort Drum. He was on his second tour. "He was a nice young man, full of life, very personable," said Lt. Barry Rose, whose stepdaughter dated Dunkin. "You couldn't help but like the boy when you met him." Dunkin was an avid outdoorsman _ a camper, fisherman and hunter. He liked snowboarding and card tricks. "All-American boy," is how his sister, Erin, described him. "He wanted to experience and try everything he could." He also is survived by his wife, Ashley. "Shawn was good kid," said Anne Dean, one of Dunkin's teachers. "He liked to have fun. He kind of did things his own way. He didn't necessarily follow the crowd."

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