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 is survived by his parents Pat and Carol Harris, brothers Logan and his wife Rebecca, Ryan and his wife Lauren, sister Tiffany and her husband Andrew.
“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, 2014 and 2015.
Lance Cpl. Shane Harris has also been honored by his family on other TMF Expeditions, including the West Virginia Expedition in 2013, Kentucky Expedition in 2014, and New Mexico Expedition and multiple 2016 Expeditions.
Shane’s brother, Ryan Harris, attends all of the TMF Expeditions to capture film and photos. He attended the 2014 Survivor Summit Expedition to capture the journey of eleven surviving wives, fiances, and girlfriends. The group honored Shane and many other fallen heroes as they climbed mountains, built a community of support, and overcame obstacles in their lives.
Harris Family Challenge Grant video
Fallen Heroes Project