…“We are here celebrating in freedom made possible by Staff Sgt. Shamus and his crew,” said the Rev. F. Richard Snoke at the funeral. “Shamus loved his family, loved his country. He loved his community and, oh yes, he loved his street rods.”
Goare graduated from high school in 1994 in the town about 50 miles northeast of Columbus. He was 17 at the time and fooled his mother, Judy, into signing his enlistment form, family said.
He had lived in Georgia, where his unit was based, for about five years, and he recently bought a house in Rincon.
Friends and family say Goare would have been embarrassed by the attention from Danville residents.
“He was an unassuming young man,” Army chaplain Jim McNeely said. “He did not seek fame and fortune.”
As a member of the Night Stalkers special operations unit, Goare couldn’t tell his family what he was doing.
After Goare was buried — once ‘Taps’ had been played and the Army honor guard had folded the flag draping his coffin — one more tribute was made. The hot rod drivers revved their engines and squealed their tires sending a plume of smoke billowing from the blacktop.