A young man from Dunedin died serving in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army this week. According to a facebook post by his brother, Zack Shannon died this week, "He was a great man and a soldier. I love you brother. RIP."
Shannon graduated from Dunedin High School in 2010. He was active in the ROTC program and a member of the drill teams.
His ROTC Commander Rick Schock said Shannon lost 40lbs between high school graduation and the end of boot camp.
He returned to the school for a visit last November. "He couldn't wait to get back with his buddies, he knew he was deploying to Afghanistan and wanted to get back to help his squadron get ready and prepare to leave," said Schock.
On his face book page, Zack Shannon posted,"I decided to join the army instead of going to college.But this makes me part of a proud few that stand alone.I'm not the best runner but I make up for that with my 40/40 expert marksmanship. I'm a black hawk mechanic and love my job." He was recently promoted to crew chief.
The American flag at the Shannon's Dunedin home still flies, but a sign on the door requests privacy during this time of mourning. Shannon has at least two older brothers who are in the military. "Very proud military family, it's very sad, oh God very sad to hear," said neighbor Tammy Burke.
Army Specialist Zack Shannon was 21 years old. His family is in Dover, Delaware for the arrival of his remains today.
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