Shane Childers: First U.S. Casualty in Iraq Marine 1st Lt. Therrel Shane Childers was 30 years old when he was killed in Iraq on March 21, 2003. He was the first U.S. serviceman to die in the Iraq war. As we approach the fourth anniversary of the war, we talk with Joseph Childers about his son.
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Shane Childers: First U.S. Casualty in Iraq

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Shane Childers: First U.S. Casualty in Iraq

Shane Childers: First U.S. Casualty in Iraq

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Marine 1st Lt. Therrel Shane Childers was 30 years old when he was killed in Iraq on March 21, 2003. He was the first U.S. serviceman to die in the Iraq war.

Shane Childers was the son of Joseph and Judy Childers of Powell, Wyo. His father says that Shane was excited about the mission to Iraq, and that it was his dream to lead Marines into combat.

Joseph Childers says he is still supportive of the war in Iraq because it's important to the safety of Americans. He also supports the increase of troops in the region.

At the time of his death, Shane Childers was a 2nd lieutenant. The U.S. Marine Corps promoted him posthumously to the rank of 1st lieutenant.