Slain soldier lived in West County
By Adam Jadhav
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Sgt. 1st Class Shawn C. Dostie, 32, of Granite City, Ill.
An Army sergeant from Maine who spent some years as a child in the St. Louis area has been killed in Iraq by a makeshift bomb, the military said.
Sgt. Shawn Christopher Dostie, 32, was killed Friday. He had been a career soldier, serving since 1991. He was attached to the 101st Airborne Division assigned to Fort Campbell, Ky.
His parents live in Lewiston, Maine. His father was in the Army and moved often, including a stop at the Melvin Price Support Center in Granite City. Dostie went to Granite City High School for his sophomore and junior years, said Principal Jerry McKechan. Dostie attended some middle and high school in the Parkway School District in west St. Louis County.
He and his family moved to Maine, McKechan said. Shortly after graduating from high school, he joined the Army, like his father before him.
"When he grew up to be a young man, he decided to join the Army like his father," said a statement from his parents, Robert and Delaine Fugere. "He gave his all to everything he did."
Before serving in Iraq, he was a drill sergeant and had just completed Pathfinder training - three weeks of instruction for soldiers who operate in small teams typically to secure and establish landing or drop zones in advance of air operations.
No further information on his awards and decorations were available.
"Shawn was a dedicated soldier who loved his country, family, friends and the soldiers he served with," his wife, Stephanie Dostie, said in a statement. "I watched Shawn evolve into a superior soldier, husband, father and friend."
In addition to his parents and wife, survivors include a son, Cameron, 8, and a daughter, Bayleigh, 5.
A memorial has been planned in Iraq, and he also will be honored in a service at Fort Campbell.