Pfc Shane M. Reifert

Pfc Shane M. Reifert
Shane during a sweep of the Shuryak Valley, approximately 3 weeks before he was killed. Photo Credit: PFC Sean Stromback

Monday, November 29, 2010

"So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I am still trying to figure out how that could be."
- Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being of a Wallflower

I took this photograph during Family Day when Shane was going through Basic. At the time, it perfectly described our lives without saying a word. Back then, I was so sure about my life. And now I question everything. I want to metaphorically be back in those shoes but am unsure if that is even possible.


  1. Elizabeth, I have posted on here before and continue to read every word you write. Again we do not know each other but our brothers fought together. I have been carrying around a sympathy card with the envelope addressed and stamped but the card remains blank. I can not put into words everything I am feeling for your family. How unfair it is for you. Looking at this photo made me smile this morning because I have seen that set up before in the hallway of my parents house, the boots next to heels or flip flops or slippers.
    I just wanted to leave a quick note to let you know just because they funeral and services are over and people have left and gone home, there are so many that still think about you and your family on a daily basis. I hope to get that card out soon.
    Kristan Hinrichs

  2. Elizabeth, as hard as it will be, Shane would want you to Carry On, Complete the Mission.

    You Kitty and Kurt are in My Prayers Daily.

    Stay Strong,