Burial at Arlington for a Md. reservist
A 21-year-old Marylander who was killed in an Iraqi missile attack on U.S. military barracks in Saudi Arabia has been buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Pfc. Timothy Shaw, a Washington native, was buried last week in a brief ceremony as seven soldiers fired a salute and a U.S. Army bugler played taps.
Shaw, an Army reservist from Upper Marlboro in Prince George's County, had been overseas barely a week at the time of the Feb. 25 Scud attack.
"He was very different from the average person his age," said Carrington Flood, Shaw's supervisor at MCI Telecommunications in Pentagon City, Va. "He was not hanging out on street corners. He was coming to work every day, going to school every night, always looking for some better way of doing things. It just seems like such a terrible waste."
During Thursday's ceremony, his mother, Annette Brown of Alexandria, accepted the folded American flag that had covered the coffin of her only child.
A graduate of Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro, he was taking classes at Prince George's Community College.
His friends and co-workers said the young bachelor was the kind of person who never really wanted to fight in a war so far away.
"It shouldn't have happened," co-worker Diane Giles said before the funeral. "He didn't want to go. Nobody wanted to go, but he had to do his duty."
A rally and parade in support of all American servicemen and women is scheduled for Saturday in the Morrell Park section of southwest Baltimore.
Called the Morrell Park CARES (Community Associated Rally Embracing Soldiers) Festival, the event is to feature the Fort Meade Army Band, military speakers, costume characters, a magician for the children and other attractions.
Also planned are a Red Cross blood drive, a 2 p.m. parade and a 7 p.m. candlelight vigil.
The event is scheduled from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Morrell Park American Legion Post 137, 1508 DeSoto Road. For more information, call 644-4137.
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Frank D. Roylance contributed to this report.