Lance Cpl Shane Robert Martin
Born: September 9, 1986 in Durban, South Africa
Died: July 29, 2010 in Helmand, Afghanistan
Lance Cpl. Shane R. Martin of Spring, Texas moved at age twelve to Texas from South Africa. He was part of a loving extended family, filling his days with sports and friends and relatives and many pets he acquired along the way. He attended Spring’s Klein Collins High School, where he was in the Reserve Officers Training Corps. Shane was attending The Art Institute of Houston when he decided he wanted to join the United States Marine Corps in 2007. His father, grandfather and uncle had all served, and Shane had always been a military history buff. He married Lauren, who he met in high school, on July 4th 2008. In December of that year, he deployed to Iraq, where he earned his united states citizenship during that deployment. While in Afghanistan, he asked his parents to send him some of his old art supplies. He told them that the stark beauty of the central Asian country had inspired him to draw again. His military Awards and Decorations include, the Purple Heart Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. Shane leaves his wife, Lauren, his parents, Debora and Kevin Wallace, his brother Kyle, and a sister Diane. He died at age 23 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Shane’s family and friends will remember him for his huge smile, his big bear hugs, his loyalty and adamant belief in the good of all people around him.
1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
1st Marine Division
Marine Expeditionary Force
Camp Pendleton, California
Burial is at Houston National Cemetery in Houston, Texas – Sec R1 Site 765
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