Welcome home, SFC Donald Monroe Shue

by Shasta Dease May. 01, 2011 1612 views

SFC Donald Monroe Shue was born in Concord, NC in 1949. He grew up in Kannapolis. When he was in the eleventh grade, he begged his father to join the military to fight in Vietnam.

He entered the service in Charlotte, NC and went into the Army.

In November 1969, he went missing in Laos while on a secret mission. The last time anyone saw him alive, he was wounded and could not be retrieved at that particular time.

In 1979, he was declared killed in action (KIA). Ever since then, his family and loved ones still held out hope that someday, Donnie would be returned to them…hopefully alive.

His remains were found on some farmland in Vietnam. A zippo cigarette lighter was found with his name on it many years later, and a military excavating team found his and a few others' remains.

The remains were DNA tested and ran against his sisters. They were a match. Finally, after 4 decades of not knowing where Donnie was, they got the call that they so hoped for.

On April 30, 2011, the remains of SFC Donnie Shue were sent home to his family. Making sure Donnie was not forgotten, thousands of men and women with various motorcycle clubs, including: the different chapters of Rolling Thunder, Ghost Riders, Buffalo Troopers, Sons of Soldiers, Bikers For Christ and even Donnie's own MC The Bushwhackers gave him the last ride. Veterans of Vietnam, The Gulf War, and the Afghanistan War also rode alongside.

Donnie and his family were recognized first in Concord, with a procession through downtown Concord, and then to Kannapolis, where his sisters were presented with a plaque from Kannapolis's mayor declaring that day to be SFC Donald Monroe Shue Day and the Cabarrus County Board of Education gave them an honorary High School Diploma from the school he would have graduated from, A.L. Brown High School in Kannapolis.

Hundreds of people gathered along the route to show their appreciation and their patriotism.

He was laid to rest on May 1, 2011 with full military honors.

God bless America, God bless our soldiers alive and dead.

SFC Donnie Shue

Welcome home, Donne. Forty-two years is too long…

Various members of Rolling Thunder, Sons of Soldiers, Bikers for Christ, and more.

Donnie's flag-draped coffin.

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Amanda-Jane Terlesky 8 years, 2 months ago

Powerful post..

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