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Corporal Lawrence F. Shea

Company A, 318th Infantry Regiment

K.I.A. April 2, 1945-Kassel, Germany



Recently, I got an email from two separate American researchers trying to help a nice young man from the Netherlands.  This young man, Sebastiaan, has adopted the grave of a young American soldier from Company A, 318th Infantry who was killed in action on April 2, 1945 near Kassel, Germany.  Adopting the grave of a young soldier who died liberating a continent from oppression would tend to make you think about what sort of man it was who lies buried beneath the stone cross bearing his name.  Who was he, where did he come from, why did he do what he did, was he scared, did he suffer much, and a million other such questions you might ask yourself.  Sebastiaan is asking himself these very questions, quite naturally.  The more he has asked, the less he has found.  It would seem that this young soldier was mostly forgotten, except for young Sebastiaan.  Sebastiaan created a website to make public his efforts, and has worked hard to research what he can about this young soldier.  The American researchers who contacted me were sincerely touched by Sebastiaan's valiant efforts, and their enthusiasm infected me as well.


What we know about Corporal Lawrence F. Shea is very little.  Thanks to the efforts of Sebastiaan and his new American friends, we know that Lawrence Shea was a Corporal in the U.S. Army, Company A, 318th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division "Blue Ridgers".  His Army Service Number was 32717250.  He entered the service from New York.  He died April 2, 1945, at Kassel, Germany.  He was buried at Plot D Row 11 Grave 26 in the Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands.  Corporal Shea was awarded the Purple Heart for the wounds that caused his death.  Lawrence Shea's Father was Walter S. Shea, and his Mother was Genevieve T. Shea from Brooklyn, Kings County, N. Y.   Lawrence Shea was born September 12, 1923 in N.Y.  He enlisted in the Army on October 6, 1942 in New York as a Private.  He was single, 6 feet 8 inches tall, and weighed 174 lb.  Other than this, we know almost nothing about this young man who sacrificed all for his country, and for the freedom of an entire world.  I asked a friend to check with Corporal Shea's former company commander, to see if he might still remember him.  Unfortunately, that former officer did not remember this one young man out of the many he once led 60+ years ago.  A preliminary check with the U.S. Army Personnel Records Center did not uncover anything either, but they will keep trying to locate something.


Lawrence Shea's parents are no doubt long deceased now, but he may have siblings, cousins, or friends who remember this young man.  I post this page in hopes that someone will come forward and tell us more about this young man.  I also post it in hopes that someone who knew Lawrence Shea and loved him will know that a very fine young man from the Netherlands has adopted Lawrence's grave, and is giving him the love and respect that he so richly deserves.  Lawrence Shea is but one of thousands of young men like him that lie forgotten in foreign or domestic soil, except by the few beautiful people like Sebastiaan who are of noble spirit and kind heart, and who pay homage to an anonymous young man who died long ago so that others might be free.


I ask that if you knew Corporal Lawrence Shea, or his family, please contact me, and I will update this page and put you in touch with young Sebastiaan.  Even if you didn't know Corporal Shea, please consider visiting the nearest military cemetery, and choose one of the thousands of long forgotten graves, and adopt it yourself.  At the very least, please pray for the souls of these young men to whom we owe so much, and ask God to give them peace, and let them know that we appreciate their sacrifice.  Many, like Corporal Shea, no longer have living family to visit their graves, and are sadly being forgotten by the world they saved by their sacrifice.  Pray for the other Allied soldiers who also gave their lives for freedom.  And yes, pray for those young German soldiers who died for their country too.  They were also human beings with families who loved them and missed them.  Pray also for young Sebastiaan, and people like him, who think beyond themselves, and to whom that sacrifice for freedom means so much.  To Sebastiaan, I thank you as an American, and as a human being.  God bless you!

Terry D. Janes




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