AUGUSTA, Maine — Those who want to pay their respects to the family of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Eric Shaw, a 31-year-old soldier, husband and father of three who grew up in Exeter and who died June 27 in Afghanistan, can do so Wednesday, July 7.
Public visiting hours are scheduled for 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta.
The family will hold a private funeral the next day, and Gov. John Baldacci has directed that flags be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Thursday in honor of his service.
Shaw will be laid to rest at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Augusta.
He was born in Massachusetts and raised in Exeter by his father, Gerald Shaw, and paternal grandmother, Alta Gould, who both are deceased. His mother lives in Rhode Island.
Shaw graduated from Dexter Regional High School in 1999 and was a 2003 graduate of the University of Southern Maine in Gorham, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in education. He met his future wife, Audrey Moore, in 2002 and married her in March 2005, according to his obituary. The couple had three daughters, Madison, 5, Victoria, 2, and 1-month-old Julia.
He listed the woman he married as his hero on his MySpace page.
“My wife, cause it takes a tough person to say goodbye to their mate for a long extended period of time and take care of [three] children,” he wrote on the Internet page. “All you army wives are heroes too.”
Shaw was on his third combat tour and was serving in Konar, Afghanistan, with the Army’s 101st Airborne Division, under the 327th Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team from Fort Campbell, Ky., when he and another man in his unit were killed by enemy gunfire, according to a Department of Defense statement.
During his six years in the Army, Shaw earned several medals for his dedicated service and will be awarded the Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and a NATO medal posthumously.
The Bronze Star is given to soldiers who display bravery, acts of merit or meritorious service.
“Eric was a loving husband, father and friend,” his obituary states. “He will be remembered for his charming smile, witty sense of humor, love of the outdoors and the Boston Red Sox.
“His commitment to the Army is a source of great pride for his family and he will live on forever in the hearts of his wife and children,” it states.
Condolences to the family may be sent through Plummer Funeral Home’s website, plummerfh.com.