Air Force Staff Sgt. Anissa A. Shuttleworth Shero was born to serve her country.
Her grandfather, James J. Shuttleworth, was in the Battle of the Bulge. Her father, Clyde Shuttleworth, was a U.S. Marine who lost both of his legs when the enemy booby trap he was trying to disarm exploded in Vietnam. Her husband of less than a year, Nathan Shero, serves in the U.S. Air Force.
Anissa Shero, 31, a native of Grafton, W.Va., was one of three Americans killed Wednesday when a U.S. military plane carrying special forces troops crashed and caught fire after taking off from an airstrip in Afghanistan. Seven others escaped with minor injuries.
"She was very military-oriented like her father," said Anissa Shero's stepmother, Sharon Hussion of Grafton, a community about 25 miles south of Morgantown. "He joined the Marines right after he graduated high school. If he had not gotten wounded, he would have been a career 'Leatherneck.'"
"She was like my dad and my brother. I think military service basically ran in the family," agreed Shero's aunt, Donna Moran of Grafton.
Wednesday's crash — the deadliest in the Afghan campaign since seven Marines were killed in January — did not appear to have been caused by hostile fire, U.S. spokesman Roger King said at the Bagram air base on Thursday.
Also killed were Air Force Tech Sgt. Sean M. Corlew, 37, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Army Sgt. 1st Class Peter P. Tycz II, 32, of Towanda, N.Y. Corlew and Shero were assigned to the Air Force's 16th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field near Fort Walton Beach in Fla. Tycz was assigned to the Army's 3rd Special Forces Group in Fort Bragg, N.C.
Shero — who has a 13-year-old son, Casey Ray Knight of Grafton — was a 1988 graduate of Grafton High School, where she served in the flag corps. She attended Fairmont State College, in Fairmont, W.Va., before enlisting in the Air Force on June 15, 1992.
Shero is the third member of the armed services with ties to the region to die in action in Afghanistan.
Story Credit: Triblive
MICHAEL HASCH | Friday, June 14, 2002
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