KIA November 13, 2009
Operation Enduring Freedom
Assigned to 2nd Amphibious Assault Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, NC
Marine LCpl Shawn Hefner died November 13, 2009 from injuries sustained when he stepped on an IED after exiting his M-RAP vehicle while on a combat mission in Nawa, Afghanistan.
The first time Shawn ever talked about being a Marine he was 5 years old. He was so into the ‘soldier’ life that he had a survival book at his bedside, his room was painted from top to bottom in jungle camouflage, and every piece of clothing was a different color of camouflage. He would even sleep in a tent in the backyard and eat MRE’s from the local Army Navy store. On September 11, 2001 Shawn was only 14 years old. When he learned about the terrorist attacks, his reaction was, “When I am a Marine, I will go over there and kill Bin Laden! This is my country, and he cannot do this!”
Shawn graduated from Hico High School in May 2006. He planned a year off so he could just “hang” before going into the service. During that time he landed himself in a bit of trouble that could have changed his future. He worked for 4 weeks to repair the damage he had done because he wanted to prove he was not a young man who caused trouble. In November 2007, when the recruiter came to the house, his mother knew that Shawn had worked everything out and was continuing with his plan. In January 2008, Shawn left home for boot camp to fulfill his lifelong desire to become a Marine.
LCpl Shawn Hefner was 22 years old from Hico, Texas
Original portrait was presented April 23, 2015 to his family during the Texas Apartment Association Operation Hero Expo event in San Antonio, Texas.