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HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 751
On the death of General James G. Shanahan.

Agreed to by the House of Delegates, January 21, 1997
Agreed to by the Senate, February 22, 1997

WHEREAS, General James G. Shanahan, an U.S. Army brigadier who commanded infantry units in World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War, died on January 8, 1997; and

WHEREAS, a native of Pompey, New York, James Shanahan graduated from Niagara University, where he joined the ROTC and was commissioned in the infantry in June 1942; and

WHEREAS, James Shanahan commanded an infantry platoon in the Philippines during World War II, then worked in the Pentagon and as an aide in the Truman White House during the late 1940s; and

WHEREAS, when the war in Korea broke out, James Shanahan again commanded combat infantry troops, this time at the battalion level, and he answered the call a third time by commanding a combat infantry brigade in Vietnam; and

WHEREAS, the recipient of a Distinguished Service Medal, three Silver Stars, three Legions of Merit, and five Bronze Stars, General Shanahan was most proud of his combat infantryman's badge with its two stars; and

WHEREAS, a resident of Alexandria after his retirement from the U.S. Army in 1973, James Shanahan became successful in a second career, building an enviable record in real estate and earning life membership in the Million Dollar Sales Club of the Northern Virginia Board of Realtors; and

WHEREAS, despite his busy and successful career, James Shanahan found time to coach baseball and soccer, to serve as president of the PTA, and to serve as a lay eucharistic minister in his church; and

WHEREAS, a brilliant leader of men, a successful businessman, and a citizen devoted to his family, his community, and his faith, General James Shanahan leaves a shining and enduring legacy of service to the U.S. Army and to the nation; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly note with sadness the death of a singularly accomplished Virginian, General James G. Shanahan; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of General James G. Shanahan as an expression of the General Assembly's deep and abiding respect for his memory.


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