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PFC Corey Shackelford

Zachary BolandHe was a mortarman in the 2nd Squadron, 13 Calvary Regiment of the US Army and a participant in Operation Spartan Shield. He was awarded The Army Achievement Medal in honor of his service overseas in Kuwait and Oman.

At 22, Corey was paralyzed as the result of an injury that occurred during his time at Ft Bliss, Texas. Although he faced insurmountable odds at times, he met each challenge with courage, humility, and a sense of optimism that few of us will ever experience. His sense of humor and love of life was infectious and he was an inspiration to everyone around him. Each day we were blessed to have him in our lives was an adventure and his selflessness and kindness to others was boundless.

Prior to his injury, he loved playing basketball and any time he had free was spent on a court. Always in motion, he was the worst quadriplegic ever in the history of quadriplegia. Corey was an avid University of Kentucky fan, he could be found cheering them on either from home or a pub each time they played. His love of clothes and shoes could easily rival his sisters.