Fort Bragg paratrooper who served in Iraq, Afghanistan dies off-post, officials say

Sgt. 1st Class Grant Shanaman (Photo: 82nd Airborne Division)
Sgt. 1st Class Grant Shanaman (Photo: 82nd Airborne Division)

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WNCN) — An 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper died off-post on Wednesday, Fort Bragg officials said.

Sgt. 1st Class Grant Shanaman, 38, of Media, Pennsylvania, was an infantryman assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

Shanaman joined the Army in 1998 and served 10 combat employments in Iraq and Afghanistan for a total of 36 months, Army officials said. He spent more than 11 of his 18 years in the service with the 75th Ranger Regiment.

“Sgt. 1st Class Grant Shanaman was an American Paratrooper, a combat veteran, and a selfless servant to our Nation,” said Col. Pat Work, commander of the 2nd BCT. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Shanaman’s awards and decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with silver oak leaf cluster, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Afghan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraq Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, and Master Parachutist Wings with Combat Star.

Civilian law enforcement is investigating Shanaman’s death, officials said.

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