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

Shane Clanin Swanberg

Bellevue, Washington

September 15, 2005

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
24 Marine L/Cpl

3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California

 Killed from an explosion resulting from indirect fire at Forward Operating Base, Camp Ramadi, Iraq.

Click photo below for some memorial service snapshots.

September 26, 2005

Shane Clanin Swanberg
March, 07, 1981 - September, 15, 2005

Marine Lance Cpl. Shane Clanin Swanberg

Shane was born March 7, 1981, in Bellevue, WA, and was killed serving his country in Ramadi, Iraq, on September 15, 2005. Shane is the cherished son of Linda Clanin Swanberg and Brian Swanberg Lori and beloved brother of Travis Swanberg, Tiffany and sister Nicole Swanberg.

Growing up in the Finn Hill neighborhood of Kirkland. Shane was a rough and tumble boy who remained close to his friends as they all journeyed into adulthood. He loved racquetball, "Game Night", and spending time with his friends. He and his dad Brian also were golf fanatics who got out 
whenever they could. It was moments such as these - time with his family and friends - that mattered the most to Shane. The beach was one of Shane's favorite destinations. Building sandcastles was one of his favorite past times at all the beaches he visited.

Shane became a United States Marine in 2002, two years after graduating from Juanita High School in Kirkland. Shane loved being a Marine. Always close to his family, he enthusiastically shared his experiences in frequent letters, emails, phone calls and visits home. 
Especially important to him were new friends he so easily made 
who would soon be like brothers. After basic, Shane was stationed at 
Twentynine Palms, Calif., and remained there with his buddies in 3/7 Weapons Company CAAT RED, until his deployment to Iraq on September 5, 2005. His job in the Corps was TOW missile and Humvee operator, which entailed manning the M-60 machine gun mounted atop the Humvee. He once was asked to demonstrate these weapons by actor Tom Arnold on his show "The Best Damn Sports Show". Shane later told his mother he was nervous because he only had one shot, but thrilled that he hit the mark precisely with the cameras rolling.

Shane's relationship with his mother Linda was one of deep mutual love, 
honesty and respect. Their loyalty to each other was unparalleled. She will remember all her life their last conversations together and work to make his wishes come true. The pride Brian's father had for his son was endless and deep. He adored him and bragged about him to anyone who would listen.

Shane had recently become an uncle to Brock, the son of his younger brother Travis and his wife, Tiffany. Shane delighted in holding Brock and would laugh at his baby nephew just as he himself loved to be laughed at. Shane lived his short life to the fullest extent possible every single day. His smile filled any room with the golden light that was his spirit.

Shane continues to flash his easy smile and put his loving arms around the broken hearts of his mother Linda, father Brian, brother Travis and sister Nicole. He is also survived by sister-in-law Tiffany and nephew Brock, grandparents Mary and Chuck Baggarley of Woodburn, Ore.; grandparents Pat and Jeanie Murphy of Indiatlantic, FL.; Great Grand Father, Frank Murphy,Indiatlantic, FL Aunt Sheila Clanin Bellevue, Aunt Kelly Spencer Witchita, KS, Uncles Mike Swanberg, Jason Murphy, Todd Baughman, Bruce Baughman, Leonard Baughman, cousin Rachel and many many loving friends.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, Sept. 26, at Northshore Baptist Church, 10301 N.E. 145th St., in Bothell, Wash. There will be visitation hours from 12 Noon to 8 PM on Sunday, Sept. 25th at Bothell Funeral Home, 18224 103rd Ave NE., Bothell, WA. Shane will be laid to rest with full honors 
at Tahoma National Cemetery following the Memorial Service at Northshore Baptist Church.

Remembrances can be made to "Operation Homefront" lending assistance to the families of our deployed military personnel, Northshore Baptist 
Church Youth Outreach Program, or to the Redmond Fire Department Aid Car Fund.
From The Seattle Times seattletimes.com 09/16/05:
Parents mourn loss of Marine
Originally published September 17, 2005 at 12:00 am Updated September 16, 2005 at 10:21 pm
Marine Lance Cpl. Shane Clanin Swanberg, 24, was in Iraq fewer than 10 days and had not yet gone on his first mission. He died when mortar...

By Peyton Whitely
Marine Lance Cpl. Shane Clanin Swanberg, 24, was in Iraq fewer than 10 days and had not yet gone on his first mission.

He died when mortar and rocket fire hit his base about 7 a.m. Thursday at Ramadi.

His parents talked about their son yesterday in an appearance at the Northshore Baptist Church in Bothell, where the family are members.

“He was anxious to get to Ramadi. He told me, ‘Mom, I want to get over to help my buddies,’ ” said his mother, Linda Swanberg, in a statement read on her behalf by a member of the Redmond Fire Department, where she has worked for 16 years.

On the day before he died, her son sent an e-mail.

“I will start my first mission tomorrow,” he wrote. “Mom, I love you very much.”

His father, Brian Swanberg, said few details of the attack that led to his son’s death were available. Lance Cpl. Swanberg was a TOW missile and Humvee operator who also manned the M-60 machine gun mounted atop a Humvee.

“They were on base in a green zone,” said his father. “Incoming rocket fire hit the base.”

Lance Cpl. Swanberg was the only casualty in the attack, said his father.

Lance Cpl. Swanberg grew up in the Finn Hill and Juanita areas of Kirkland and graduated from Juanita High School in 2000. He joined the Marine Corps in 2002 and served the first three years of his enlistment at Twentynine Palms, Calif. He expected to return from Iraq after a seven-month tour of duty, said his father.

He’d last been home in August, said his mother. “The time he was here in August was just a wonderful, fun-filled time,” she said.

He wanted to go to college and go into real estate, and was always reading real-estate books, added his father.

“It’s surreal,” said his father, a retired Renton police officer. “You honestly expect it won’t happen to you. … There’s no describing the depth of emptiness and loss.”

The Swanbergs have two other children, Travis, an Army sergeant who has not been assigned to Iraq; and Nicole, 18, a recent Juanita High School graduate.

Service arrangements have not been made yet.

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