Lance Cpl. Shane Harris, 23, of Las Vegas, N.M., died Sep. 3, 2006 while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif. Lance Cpl. Harris was home schooled, graduated high school in 2001, and then attended Ozark Christian College. He volunteered as a firefighter, and in February of 2005, Shane enlisted in the Marine Corps. He was survived by his parents Pat and Carol Harris, brothers Logan and Ryan Harris, sister, Tiffany Harris, sister-in-law, Rebecca Harris, and nephew, Caleb Shane Harris.
“Shane lived a lifetime in his 23 years,” wrote Shane’s father, Pat Harris in an application for a Travis Manion Foundation Challenge Grant. “He was a gunsmith, firefighter, ski patrol, hunter, fisherman, and carpenter. He loved backpacking and working in the high country, where he helped build houses and did log work. He loved to climb to the top of 60 foot trees, and top them for logging. He loved his family and his lord. Also, he was a good Marine, and loved to serve his country. We would build a home for a family who never had a home. We will let the people know that because of Shane’s sacrifice, we are there to help them.”
The Travis Manion Foundation honored Lance Cpl. Shane Harris by providing a grant to the Harris family that empowered them to travel to Guatemala and build a house for a family in need through Casas por Cristo in 2012. “Shane’s Challenge” has become an annual trip for the Harris family, and they invite other families of the fallen to join them and build homes to honor their heroes and continue to heal. Read about the trips in 2013 and 2014.
Shane’s brother, Ryan Harris, attends all of the TMF Expeditions to capture film and photos. This July, he will attend the 2014 Survivor Summit Expedition to capture the journey of eleven surviving wives, fiances, and girlfriends. The group will be honoring Shane and many other fallen heroes as they climb mountains, build a community of support, and overcome obstacles in their lives.
Harris Family Challenge Grant video
Fallen Heroes Project