Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Shane Folmar

Sonora, Texas

September 24, 2004

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
21 Marine Sgt

2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Camp Pendleton, California

Killed as result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq.
Marine from Sonora killed in Iraq

Associated Press

SONORA A Marine from West Texas was killed by small-arms fire in Iraq after arriving there only three weeks earlier, his father said.

Shane Folmar, 21, of Sonora was killed the morning of Sept. 24, said Wendell Folmar. He said he was informed of his sons death by the Marines, who said they would have more details Sept. 27.

I hope he died knowing he did serve a purpose for the good of the country, Wendell Folmar said in the Sept. 25 editions of the San Angelo Standard-Times. Im sorry people are going to miss being blessed by knowing him as a person with the good-spirited nature he had.

Folmar was a popular former football player and 2002 graduate of Sonora High School.

He was a great kid, Sonora football coach Jason Herring said. He didnt have everything given to him on a silver platter. He had some struggles in life, but he was really popular and upbeat.

Herring said he spoke to Folmar before he went to Iraq and he said he was ready to go and fight for the country.

I told our kids after the game that what I remember most about him if this had to happen he was doing something he wanted to do, Herring said.

His father said Folmar enjoyed fishing and hunting and would try most anything.

He was based in Camp Pendleton, Calif., but his father didnt know what unit has son was with. His funeral services are pending.

Sonora is about 65 miles south of San Angelo.

At least 87 Texas service members have died in Iraq since the war began March 20, 2003.

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