Corey S. Shackelford

Fallen Hero’s Hometown and State: Vine Grove, KY

Branch of Service: U.S. Army

Rank: Private

Pvt. Corey Shackeford joined the Army on January 19, 2016. After basic training, he completed advanced training as an Indirect Fire Infantryman. While serving in Charlie Troop 2-13, Shackelford was deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He was awarded two Army Achievement Medals.

Corey was able to make friends anywhere he went. Always kind and had a positive attitude dispute his condition. He was resilient, handsome, smart, and lots of fun to be around. He was fearless and would try anything. He always saw the good in people and would go out of his way to make everyone he encountered feel special.

Although Corey was injured and made quadriplegic as the result of being hit by another service member, he never gave up. There were bad days, and days he had to be forced out of bed, but he always kept a sense of humor and was not angry with those that had hurt him. He was hopeful for the future and did not let his disability stand in the way of his plans for the future.

Age: 23

Date of Death: February 24, 2018

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