Soldier from Ganado killed in the line of duty
Pfc. Harry Shondee Jr. knew how to keep people laughing. His friends and classmates said he told the best jokes at school.
The laughing stopped when his friends and family learned that he was killed in the line of duty in Iraq last week.
About 100 people gathered last Wednesday at the Ganado Chapter House to remember Shondee, who was 19-years old.
The 2003 graduate of Ganado High School was a member of the school’s golf team and of the National Honor Society and had a knack for technology and science and especially when it came to military video games.
Shondee had planned to attend the University Of Arizona and study architectural engineering. He joined the army with the hope of paying for college with money earned from the GI Bill.
The U.S. Department of Defense announced last week that Shondee and fellow Arizonian, Spc. Justin Bialiolisa Onwordi, 28, were fatally injured Aug. 2 when a roadside bomb destroyed their vehicle while patrolling in Baghdad. Both were assigned to the U.S. Army’s 1st Cavalry Division, based in Fort Hood, Texas.
Onwordi, who briefly lived in Chandler, died the day of the explosion. Shondee died the following day.
Onwordi had just become a father on July 7.