Department of Defense: Enemy attack killed Taunton soldier
Sgt. Shane Duffy of Taunton was one of three soldiers killed in Tikrit, Iraq, on Wednesday after their unit was attacked by enemy forces using small arms fire and hand grenades, according to the Department of Defense.
The department issued the announcement Friday. His family was notified Wednesday, the day he was killed.
Mayor Charles Crowley has ordered flags across the city to fly at half-staff for Duffy, son of Taunton firefighter Keavin Duffy and Frances Duffy.
The three solders were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) in Fort Drum, N.Y.
The two other soldiers killed in the attack were Spc. Jonathan D. A. Emard, 20, of Mesquite, Texas, and Sgt. Cody R. Legg, 23, of Escondido, Calif.
Duffy was home for a brief visit just days before he was killed. He leaves behind a wife and infant daughter.
A moment of silence was observed for Duffy prior to the south Division 1 softball playoffs sectional final between Taunton High School and Braintree High School Friday night in Taunton.
Duffy’s younger sister Shanon Duffy plays right field for Taunton High. She sported a T-shirt in her brother’s memory that she draped on the fence, where it remained throughout the game.
On Duffy’s visit home last month, he was honored at one of his sister’s games for his service to his country. Duffy was a 2003 graduate of Taunton High School.
Mayor Charles Crowley asked for a moment of silence at the Bristol-Plymouth Regional High School graduation on Saturday.
“He not only wanted to be a good soldier. He wanted to be the best,” Crowley said. “He is a hero. He served his country with pride and distinction.”