Christopher D. Shaw September 29 2009

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Southtown Star -- An Army soldier from Markham was killed Tuesday in Jolo Island, the Philippines, the Defense Department announced Thursday.

Sgt. 1st Class Christopher D. Shaw, 37, of Markham, and Staff Sgt. Jack M. Martin III, 26, of Bethany, Okla., were killed by the detonation of an improvised-explosive device, the department said, adding that the incident is under investigation.

The bomb attack was blamed on al-Qaida-linked militants. It was the first deadly attack on U.S. soldiers in the Philippines in seven years.

A Filipino Marine also died in the attack.

U.S. Maj. Bradley Gordon said the soldiers were part of a task force deployed to help quell militants in the southern Philippines. Shaw and Martin were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, in Fort Lewis, Wash.

ZAMBOANGA, Republic of the Philippines (Oct. 3, 2009) U.S. Ambassador Kristie Kenney addresses service members assigned to Joint Special Operations Task Force - Philippines in front of the fallen Soldier memorial wall at JSOTF-P headquarters. Ambassador Kenney paid her respects at a memorial ceremony for Sgt. 1st Class Christopher D. Shaw and Staff Sgt. Jack M. Martin, III in the JSOTF-P compound. Both Soldiers lost their lives Sept. 29 when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device during a resupply mission for a school construction project on Jolo Island, southern Philippines. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Lara Bollinger/Released)

ZAMBOANGA, Republic of the Philippines (Oct. 3, 2009) U.S. Ambassador Kristie Kenney and Sgt. Maj. Scott Tsuda sign condolence letters for the families of fallen Soldiers Sgt. 1st Class Christopher D. Shaw and Staff Sgt. Jack M. Martin, III.  Both Soldiers lost their lives Sept. 29 when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device during a resupply mission for a school construction project on Jolo island, southern Philippines. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Lara Bollinger/Released)


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