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Micah Shaw

Vancouver, Washington

December 9, 2007

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
32 Navy/Civ  

SOC-SMG

 Killed by roadside bomb southeast of Baghdad. Went to Iraq to work as a civilian Security Specialist for the U.S. Army. Was a Medic in the Navy 5 years

Escorting Micah Shaw home. Click photo below.

December 17, 2007

From Vancouver, The Columbian columbian.com 12/11/07:

Vancouver contractor killed by Iraq bomb


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Micah Shaw visits Mount St. Helens with his wife, Elena, and children, Emily, 8, Lilly, 2, and Casey, 5. The family moved to Vancouver in August; Shaw had always wanted to live in the Northwest. He was killed Sunday by a roadside bomb in Iraq. (Courtesy of Elena Shaw)

Micah Shaw visits Mount St. Helens with his wife, Elena, and children, Emily, 8, Lilly, 2, and Casey, 5. The family moved to Vancouver in August; Shaw had always wanted to live in the Northwest. He was killed Sunday by a roadside bomb in Iraq. (Courtesy of Elena Shaw)

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007
BY DEAN BAKER Columbian staff writer

A 32-year-old Vancouver man who was working as a civilian security specialist for the U.S. Army was killed Sunday when a roadside bomb exploded southeast of Baghdad, destroying his vehicle.

Micah Shaw, husband of Elena Shaw and father of three small children, died while working for a military contractor, Special Operations Consulting-Security Management Group (SOC-SMG), of Minden, Nev.

Two other contractors riding in the vehicle with Shaw also died, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in a statement. They were Michael B. Doheny, 35, of Omaha, Neb., and Steven Evrard, 36, of Arlington, Texas.

"I always thought of my husband as being invincible and indestructible," said Elena Shaw. She married Micah 10 years ago while he was working as a cardiac assistant at the naval hospital in San Diego.

"He was a force of nature," she said. "He lived this stuff. He was a soldier at heart. He had the heart of a warrior. I just want people to know what a wonderful man he was, and what a wonderful husband and father."

The Shaws have two daughters, Emily, 8, and Lilly, 2, and a son, Casey, 5.

Shaw was apparently the first military contractor from Clark County to die in the Iraq War. Thirteen local soldiers and Marines have been killed in the war on terror since the invasion of Afghanistan on Oct. 7, 2001. The deaths bring to 43 the number of contractors killed since September 2003 while working for the Coalition Munitions Clearance Program, the Army said.

Shaw's employer, SOC-SMG, is a Nevada-based security contractor that was founded by six former Navy SEALS and police officers. It specializes in dangerous foreign work, and pays attractive wages.

Elena Shaw said she learned of her husband's death when a chaplain from the Vancouver police and fire department came to her door at 5:30 a.m. Sunday. "It's been nothing but crying and grieving," she said Monday afternoon. "It was the longest 24 hours of my life."

Elena Shaw moved the family to Vancouver from Palmdale, Calif., in August. Micah Shaw was in Iraq at the time, attempting to make enough money to set the family up so he could take a safer job, perhaps in law enforcement. He worked in that career for five years in Los Angeles.

"It was always his dream to live in the Pacific Northwest," Elena said by phone from her home in the Salmon Creek area. "Micah visited in September and October, and was looking for a job so he could finish his job in Iraq and move here."

Before working in law enforcement, Shaw had served five years as a Navy medic. His father was a military man, so he grew up in many places, but he went to high school in Manhattan, Kan.

As the war continued, he felt called to help. So he went to work for the contractor 15 months ago, Elena Shaw said.

"It was a prayerful decision. It wasn't a rash decision," she said.

Elena Shaw's parents, David and Margo Horton, live in Hockinson. Micah Shaw's parents and his brother, Joshua Shaw, live in Manhattan, Kan.

SOC-SMG was subcontracting with Tetra Tech EC, Inc. of Morris Plains, N.J. It has worked in Uganda and Namibia as well as Iraq.

SOC-SMG provides remote site and personal security services in high-risk environments. It works with construction companies, financial institutions, engineering firms, Internet companies, government agencies, federal government contractors, law firms and major utilities and insurance companies.

In a statement for the munitions clearance program, manager Bill Sargent said: "Our condolences go out to the family. Our personnel are highly trained and experienced and are doing a superb job, but it remains a very dangerous mission."

To date, more than 400,000 tons of ammunition has been destroyed by the program, cutting down on the risk to Iraqi citizens and U.S. personnel, the Army's statement said.

From The Oregonian oregonlive.com 12/18/07:

Helping Micah Shaw's family
Posted by Mike Francis December 18, 2007 08:18AM
Categories: Casualties

VANCOUVER -- The body of Micah Gabriel Shaw, a civilian contractor killed earlier this month in Iraq, was returned Monday to Vancouver.

Disposition will be private, in accordance with her husband's wishes, said Elena Shaw. He had asked that his ashes be scattered at Cape Disappointment State Park near the mouth of the Columbia River.

"We talked or emailed every day," Elena Shaw said. "I talked to him Saturday morning, just hours before it happened. There was nothing left unsaid, and I take comfort in that."

Micah Shaw, 32, is survived by his wife and three children, Emily, 8, Casey, 5, and Lilly, 2.

Shaw, who moved to Vancouver in September, was a civilian contractor working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Baghdad. His job was to protect corps technicians as they cleaned up and destroyed former Iraqi army ammunition dumps.

Shaw and two others died when an improvised explosive device detonated near his four-vehicle convoy.

He had worked for 15 months for Special Operations Consulting-Security Management Group of Hawthorne, Nev.

Shaw was the eighth military contractor from Oregon or Southwest Washington to die in Iraq or Afghanistan since 2003.

Donations to aid his family can be made to: City National Bank, c/o SOC-SMG Inc.-Memorial Funds, 2393 Heybourne Road, Minden, Nev., 89423. Checks should be marked for Micah Gabriel Shaw, Account 366202927. 

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