Saturday, July 28, 2007

Staff Sgt Shamus O Goare ~ Night Stalker

Staff Sgt Shamus O Goare

Staff Sgt. Shamus O. Goare died June 28, 2005, in eastern Afghanistan when his MH-47D helicopter was shot down by enemy fire during combat operations. He was the the Army 160th SOAR (Special Operations Aviation Regiment).

He was born May 28, 1976 in, Ohio.

Goare joined the Army in 1994 as Huey helicopter repairer. He attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, S.C. and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Rucker, Ala.

From December 1994 to October 1996, Goare was assigned to Company I, 158th Aviation Battalion as a utility helicopter repairer. In October 1996 he was reassigned as a UH-1 crew chief to 1st USA SPT, Sinai, Egypt. Upon completion of a one-year tour in Egypt, Goare was then assigned as a crew chief to 12th Aviation Brigade in Fort Belvoir, Va. From January to May 1999, he attended the Heavy Helicopter Repairer Course at Fort Eustis, Va. and upon completion became a Chinook helicopter repairer. In June 1999, he was assigned to Company C, 52nd Aviation Regiment, Camp Humphreys, Korea where he preformed duties as a CH-47 mechanic until May 2000. In June 2000, Goare was assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Training Company and upon completion of the Basic Mission Qualification Course (Green Platoon) was assigned as a flight engineer for Company B, 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

Goare’s military schools include the Primary Leadership Development Course, the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, the Utility Helicopter Repairer Course and the Medium Helicopter Repairer Course.

His military awards and decorations include the Air Medal for valor, the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Multinational Forces and Observers Medal, and the Kuwaiti Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Senior Army Aviator Badge. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal for valor and the Combat Action Badge.

He is survived by his parents Charles and Judith Goare, of Danville, Ohio.

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Gabe said...

I'm from Ohio and Shamos's commitment to my freedom became personal to me today. I was looking up "Medal of Honor" on the web and found that the most recent recipient was Lt. Michael P. Murphy:

Shamos Goare was a name in the list of casulaties on the helicopter that was hastily in route to rescue this MOH recipient and the 3 men with him because they were pinned down from enemy fire, taking hits, and heavily outnumbered. If Shamos and the rest of the passengers on their Chinook had waited for their slower more heavily armored escort choppers, they may have survived the transit but they selflesly put themselves in harms way to rescue their comrades who were desperately fighting for their lives because they knew they didn't have time. It's men/women like this that not only make me proud to be American but are also the reason we still have an America. I will raise my children to revere our nations volunteer military and regard them as nothing less than ELITE. Thank you Staff Sgt Shamus O Goare, for your dedication to "liberty and justice for all."

It also needs noted that his parents are proud of him.

His mom says, "I'm not bitter. In fact, I'm so damn proud of him, I can't stand it."

I will now take a moment of silence to both honor this family and Shamos Goare for their contribution to our freedom and to also wipe a tear from both of my cheeks.

God bless America!

Thank you for your site and for this opportunity to post my contribution to his memory.

Gabe said...

I'm sorry, after posting my first comment, I realized that there was already a write-up from Gazing at the Flag about Shamos's story of valor. I got here through a google search and immediately felt I needed to share what I had learned. Sorry for the redundancy.


Flag Gazer said...

Gabe - apologies not needed - there is nothing better on this site htan expressing our appreciation for the men woh have given so much for all of us.

I hope you read Lone Survivior and read the entire story.

Thank you!