Sgt. Daniel J. Shaw

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Daniel J. Shaw "was just a big goofball," said his sister, Angela Hinterberger, "and that's what we loved him for. He was a very outgoing guy. He was just a guy who wanted to help people. He was big, spiritwise, and he loved to play practical jokes on my mother. The last time we talked, we were planning the next one." Shaw, 23, of West Seneca, N.Y., was killed Nov. 5 in Taji when he was hit by an explosion in Taji. He was assigned to Fort Carson. Shaw earned a Purple Heart after an insurgent rocket attack left him with shrapnel in the back of his head. Whether it was dressing up as Santa Claus when he worked at Delta Sonic, or wearing his hair in a mohawk and joshing with then-principal James K. Brotz, Shaw was known for his good nature. "He was very determined that he wanted to go into the military, and he worked very hard to get there," Brotz said. Shaw's can-do attitude that served him well in the military, said former teacher Ray Wassinger. "I see so many kids in high school that, when they hit the road blocks, they give up, take another road. Dan wasn't going to do that," he said. He is survived by his parents, Ronald and Brenda.
Published online on Nov. 7, 2007