The Community Military Appreciation Committee and the Patriot Guard Riders will host a “Never to be Forgotten” ceremony for U.S. Army PFC Andrew Shields, a 2007 Battle Ground High School graduate who was killed in action in Jalalabad City, Afghanistan in 2008.
The ceremony will begin at noon May 31 at the Clark County War Memorial at the corner of Fort Vancouver Way and McClellan Drive. Shields served with the 173rd Special Troops Battalion, part of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, according to the U.S. Army.
According to his family, Shields joined the Army while still in high school, completing basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, the combat medic course at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and then basic airborne training at Fort Benning, Georgia.
While at Fort Benning, Shields met and became engaged to another medic, Loren Elizabeth Combs, who is currently serving with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Shields is survived by his mother, Wendy Campbell; father and stepmother, Jon and Carol Shields; sister, Ryleigh Campbell; and other extended family members.