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09-13-2009, 14:48
My wife received this from the BN CDR via our FRG:

It is with a heavy heart and deep sense of loss that I report to you we have lost a fellow 3rd Battalion Soldier. SSG Shane Angell, 26, ODA 5*** died of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident at approximately 3:30 PM, 11 SEP 2009 on Hwy 100 (Franklin Road) about six miles east of Russellville, KY. Shane is survived by his wife, Ashley, daughter Skylie, Mother and Father, SGM (Ret) Glenn Angell, 3rd Battalion, 5th SFG(A). I ask that you keep the entire Angell family in your thoughts and prayers.

He was a good guy with a lot of potential, and to add to the tragedy we were fresh off of an OIF rotation when this happened. RIP brother.

09-13-2009, 15:03
Rest in Peace, Warrior .................... :(

Big Teddy

09-13-2009, 17:07
Rest in Peace, SSG. You will always be missed and NEVER forgotten.

molon labe

09-13-2009, 17:14
RIP SSG Angell

Goggles Pizano
09-13-2009, 17:35
In pace requiescat SSG Angell.

Red Flag 1
09-13-2009, 18:56
Rest In Peace SSG Angell!!

09-13-2009, 19:17
Rest In Peace SSG Angell

Blur Skies and soft landings!!

Prays to your family and friends

09-13-2009, 19:27
Rest in peace brother.

09-13-2009, 19:42
Blue Skies SSG Angell

09-13-2009, 19:44
Rest in Peace

09-13-2009, 20:48
Rest in Peace, Warrior. Prayers out to the family.

09-14-2009, 09:21
Broke my heart when I got the email :(


09-14-2009, 14:18
You will be missed brother. My thoughts and prayers are now with Ashley, Glen, and the rest of Shanes family as they handle the loss of such a good man.

09-14-2009, 23:30
RIP Shane.

09-15-2009, 03:31
RIP SSG Angell, Vaya con Dios..

Trip_Wire (RIP)
09-15-2009, 14:58
RIP SSG Shane Argell

09-29-2009, 02:17
Rip Brother........



Life of Green Beret remembered by teammates, unit
By Maj. April N. Olsen
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs Officer

Fort Campbell, KY (USASOC News Service, Sept. 24, 2009) – As Americans across the nation woke to a day of remembrance on Sept. 11, Staff Sgt. Shane Angell ran a 12-mile road march and graduated Air Assault School on Fort Campbell, Ky. It was just another day of training for the second-generation Green Beret.

Soldiers from an Operational Detachment-Alpha carry the casket of Staff Sgt. Shane Angell following a funeral service held on Fort Campbell Sept. 18. Angell, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), was killed in a motorcycle accident Sept. 11, 2009. (Photo by Army Sgt. Tobias McCoy)

Later that day, during a motorcycle ride on Kentucky Highway 100, about six miles outside of Russellville, Ky., Angell collided with another vehicle.

The 26-year-old died instantly of injuries sustained in the crash.

"You do deployments to Iraq, you expect it [can happen]," said Staff Sgt. Eugene "Gunny" Watson, Shane's best friend and teammate on an Operational Detachment-Alpha in 5th Special Forces Group.

The shock of losing his friend to an accident weighed on Gunny as he recalled a conversation he and Shane had in Iraq earlier this year.

Gunny said he and Shane each gave their word that should something happen to either of them, the other would look after his family.

"I have that commitment to Ashley (Shane's widow)," Gunny said. "Whatever I can do, I'm gonna do."

Gunny, his ODA, and members of the 3rd Battalion and 5th SFG have been providing assistance to the family since the accident – providing meals, helping with funeral arrangements, and hosting family members traveling to the services.

"It makes me feel good knowing we put ourselves on the line… and if something happens to me, my family will be taken care of," Gunny said.

Staff Sgt. Shane Angell
"Ashley is not gonna have to go at it alone," he said. "She knows all of Group is behind her."

The response from his son's unit is no surprise to Shane's father, retired Sgt. Major Glenn Angell.

"Some things never change," Angell said of the tendency for those in the Special Forces community to go beyond what is expected to take care of families.

Angell said he and his extended family are grateful for the outpouring of assistance for his daughter-in-law and granddaughter.

"What they are doing for me and my family… it's unbelievable to see," he said.

No stranger to Special Forces, Sgt. Maj. Angell spent 14 years of his Army career in 5th Group before retiring in 2008.

Sgt. Maj. Angell's last assignment was at the Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, where his son completed his Special Forces Qualification Course as an Engineer Sergeant in 2006.

"Everything he did made me proud, to follow in my footsteps," the senior Angell recalled.

Enlisting in the Army under the Special Forces 18 X-Ray program in 2004, Shane completed infantryman training at Fort Benning before being selected for SF training.

Upon completion of the Q-Course, Shane was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Group, where his father had served most of his SF time.

Shane deployed twice to Iraq with 3rd Battalion, most recently returning in July. His father also served combat tours while assigned to 3rd Battalion, deploying to Afghanistan and Iraq in the wake of 9/11.

Some of his teammates said his father's example contributed to Shane's decision to join the Army.

"Shane grew up the son of a Green Beret," said Capt. Adam Hurley, his ODA team leader. "He was exposed to Green Berets his whole life."

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) pay respect to teammate Staff Sgt. Shane Angell during a memorial service on Fort Campbell Sept. 21. Angell was killed in a motorcycle accident Sept. 11. (Photo by Army Spc. Andrew Jacob)

"There were people Shane worked with that his father worked with," Hurley said. "That's unique to 5th Group and Special Forces."

The ODA team sergeant recalls Shane taking it in stride when instructors at one shooting course teased him for being the son of a fellow Green Beret.

"A lot of the instructors knew his father and they picked on him a little bit harder," said Master Sgt. John Mauldin. "You have to have a thick skin… Shane could definitely let it roll off his back and keep going."

Hurley credits Shane's easy-going approach with balancing out his ODA.

"He took his job very seriously as an engineer and he would help other people with their jobs," Hurley said. "But he always seemed to joke around at the right time when people needed it."

His reputation for jokes will be missed in the team room, Hurley said, as well as stories from home about his wife and daughter.

"One defining characteristic of Shane was how much he talked about and loved Ashley and Skylie," Hurley said.

Mauldin, who has four daughters of his own, said he could appreciate Shane's ability to balance his work and family life.

"He was a very, very devoted husband. He would do anything for his family," Mauldin said.

One way his Soldiers are dealing with the loss of a teammate is by helping Gunny keep the promise he made to Shane in Iraq.

"We're working to finish up his projects around the house," Mauldin said. "We're trying to help out where we can."

"Skylie's only two years old now… but as his 'work family' we'll be around to tell her who her Dad was," Mauldin said.

Although he has 19 years in the Army and five deployments to Iraq, Mauldin had not lost a Soldier until Shane's death. While keeping busy with the Angell family and his team, Mauldin said he has learned a few things after knowing Shane.

"I've learned to live a little bit better, understand life can be cut off in such a fleeting moment," Mauldin said. "Try not to worry about the petty things. Love a little deeper, live a little stronger."


09-29-2009, 04:32
Rest in Peace SSG. Angell. Thank you for your service.

09-29-2009, 07:11
Rest in Peace warrior.

09-29-2009, 07:48

09-29-2009, 10:24
Rest in Peace.

09-29-2009, 10:37

09-29-2009, 17:14
It seems I've seen more soldiers killed in motorcycle accidents than deployed. Damn shame that just pisses me off. :mad:


09-17-2010, 11:33
From today's News-Democrat and Leader.

Richard :munchin

Memorial Motorcycle Ride To Honor A Fallen Hero
NDL, 17 Sep 2010

On Sept. 11, 2009, the lives of Ashley Angell and her 2-year-old daughter Skylie were changed forever. One would think being married to a green beret, you might prepare yourself for the worst, especially after two tours in Iraq. However, nothing could have prepared Ashley for when she lost her husband Shane and Skylie lost her daddy less than a few miles from where they lived on Hwy. 100 outside of Russellville.

"You do deployments to Iraq, you expect it (can happen)," said Staff Sgt. Eugene "Gunny" Watson, Shane's best friend and teammate on an Operational Detachment-Alpha in 5th Special Forces Group.

The accident was roughly six weeks after Shane returned from his second tour in Iraq. He was riding his motorcycle when he collided with another vehicle killing him instantly.

“I knew right away,” said Ashley who recalls sitting on her couch at home and all of a sudden getting an overwhelming feeling something had happened to Shane. “It was very strange but I knew … less than two minutes after he was killed I was on my neighbors porch crying and telling her something had happened to him.”

Shane’s death shook not only his family’s very foundation but shook his service family as well. He was a good soldier and a good friend. He was the son of a Green Beret and grew up knowing the sacrifices that life brings with it and still wanted to do nothing but follow in his father’s footsteps.

Although Shane is gone here on earth his memory will live on through his little girl Skylie and loving wife Ashley and with Americans who may not of known Shane personally, his sacrifice and duty to this great country has been etched in the fabric of our freedom.

Shane is also being preserved in a special event held in his memory on Sept. 25. The Memorial Ride in Honor of SSG Shane J. Angell will be held at the Logan County Humane Society 1230 Morgantown Road, Russellville, KY, with registration beginning at 10 a.m. The ride will start: 12 p.m./noon.

Organizers are hoping motorcyclists will come from all over to honor this fallen soldier by riding a scenic 70 mile course through the rich agricultural farms of Logan County.

The ride is $25 per person. There will be food, t-shirts, a corn hole

tournament, music and raffle tickets for sale for a helicopter ride. For more information: call 270-725-6508 or email at lcas2@bellsouth.net.

All proceeds will be donated to the Logan County Humane Society to help save the lives of unwanted animals.

“My entire life I have loved and been extremely passionate about animals,” said Ashley Angell adding, “This last year I realized, even more, how important animals are to us. Since my husband was killed last year my dog as been my rock. To this day he reads my emotions, knows how to make me feel better, and is always there to snuggle with me the instant I get upset.”

“There are so many animals in this country that are being abandoned and abused and it pains me to think about them. Animals can not control their situations, they don’t choose where to be born, and they need our help to live and prosper. It is up to us as responsible owners and as humans to take step to prevent these atrocities. We need to protect the animals that can not protect themselves.

“I hope that this memorial ride can raise enough money to not only help the shelter with much needed supplies and money to cover the cost of vet care but to also help raise awareness for the responsibility we as owners have to spay/neuter our pets. Spaying and neutering can help put a stop to the epidemic of homeless and neglected animals.

“I appreciate the outpouring of support in organizing this event. It is heartwarming to know that, together, we can raise money for such and important cause. I am proud to be able to honor the memory of my late husband with such an amazing fundraiser.”

The Logan County Humane Society wants to deeply thank Ashley Angell for donating all proceeds from this day to our shelter in honor of her late husband SSG Shane J. Angell.


09-17-2010, 11:57
Rest In Peace, and Thank You

09-17-2010, 13:00
Rest in peace Warrior. Prayers out to the family and friends left behind. God bless you.

09-19-2010, 18:19
Good to see this. RIP man.

wet dog
09-19-2010, 23:08
Rest easy little brother, thank you for your service. Prayers to family and friends.

SSG Angell you will not be forgotten.