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Eric Byron Shaw

Date of birth: June 23, 1979
Date of death: June 27, 2010
Burial location: Augusta, Maine
Place of Birth: Massachusetts, Attleboro
Home of record: Exeter Maine
Status: KIA


Distinguished Service Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Staff Sergeant Eric B. Shaw, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Squad Leader with Company C, 2d Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during combat operations against an armed enemy in Marawara District, Kunar Province, Afghanistan from 27 June 2010 to 28 June 2010. As Staff Sergeant Shaw's squad was attempting to seize the village of Daridam, he realized that a platoon of their Afghan Army partners were cut off from the squad and exposed to effective enemy fire. With complete disregard for his own safety, Staff Sergeant Shaw immediately rushed to their aid and rallied the soldiers. While successfully leading the soldiers out of imminent danger to rejoin United States forces, Staff Sergeant Shaw was felled by enemy fire. His bravery and selflessness saved the lives of twelve Afghan soldiers and enabled the forces to consolidate, continue fighting and accomplish their mission. Staff Sergeant Shaw's courage and self sacrifice at the cost of his own life, in order to save the lives of others is the epitome of valorous military service. Staff Sergeant Shaw's actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, Company C, 2d Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and the United States Army.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 73 (October 22, 2013)

Action Date: June 27 - 28, 2010

Service: Army

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Company: Company C

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team

Division: 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)