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Shawn Tranter's Story

This is not a story about heartache and regret. His story is about taking what life has to teach you and applying it to your life to make your corner of it just that much better. As you may know, in April 1983, the Beirut bombing of our Embassy by a suicide driver killed 63 persons, 17 of which were Americans. That event helped this young man decide to go into military service. With the thought that is even truer today than ever “The only thing necessary for EVIL to triumph … is for GOOD men to do nothing” by Edmond Burke, was the idea that propelled him into the Marines. Service began September 1983 - Honorable discharge: Dec 24 1994. He participated in numerous deployments and field exercises in support of operations to sharpen the teams skills and combat effectiveness. In the late 80’s, then Corporal Tranter re-enlisted and transferred to the East Coast FMF (Fleet Marine Force). A combat action operation was building in Southwest Asia for operation Desert Shield/Storm in the early 90’s and his unit was dispatched there to support the return of freedom to the region. To say Combat can change a man is the world’s greatest understatement. This freedom action was a revelation and a crucible that will put your priorities for you weather you are ready or not. After being hardened with the ugly truth that combat can bring, Sgt. Tranter understood that the Marines needed leader’s not just men. Therefore, he dedicated the following years to improve everything he had influence over or had the responsibility to control. It is true even today just like back then, “I cannot fix the world but I can make my little corner of it much better”. With this as his personal motto, he pushed forward with the hopes of a long service career with the USMC. Over the years, awards and accolades were bestowed upon him for the quality of work he and his team accomplished. Nevertheless, the winds of change had other plans for him; the Military Manpower Reduction act of 1994 was putting him out of the Marines on Christmas Eve, 24 Dec 1994 with service related injuries and health issues. After 11 plus years of service Sgt. Tranter took his skills and moved his family of seven, wife and five (5) young boys, (all under the age of six) to the Detroit area to get training and work in a vocational trade. As the years ticked by he realized that management would not heed his ideas/suggestions for improvement only because he did not have a college degree. He started to take night courses in the local Community College. Recognizing that the G.I Bill for college education was the best path. In August 2000, he moved his family once again but this time back to their home in the Kennesaw area. The path to start college was not a smooth transition either. He a non-traditional student and he was not able to begin classes until the summer of 2001. By Jan 2005, the G.I Bill funding was over because a service member has only ten years to use all their benefits or they’re gone. With his wife pulling a minimal paycheck when she can with the children at home, Mr. Tranter was working three-part time jobs to cover the bills and still completing 10 credit hours per semester during the winter and spring sessions and 7 credit hours during the summer. There were times when there was no money to take care of the family. With great distain and reluctance, he accepted student loans to help offset the cost of schooling. Over the years he has stepped-up to be Cub Scout Leader and Cub Master then crossed over to be ASM (Assist Scout-Master) for his children’s Troop. Additionally, he volunteered to be Soccer coach and finally took on the task of getting qualified as Soccer Referee, which he did for 8 years. With perseverance, hard work and relentless effort, he finally graduated with a 2.99 GPA in Industrial Engineering on Dec 2007. Since completing his higher education, the work path has not been very easy either. The Marines have infused within him the understanding of honor and conviction to prevail no matter the hardship and understanding that failure is not an option for his family. Despite the hardships placed in his path, he still working on repayment of those student loans and is currently working in the medical device field as a Quality Engineer. Nevertheless, this area of work is rewarding because it works within that motto of “I cannot fix the world but I can make my little corner of it much better” by ensuring the medical devices in his charge are up to the expected standards for the Patient. Item worth noting…Sgt. Tranter has not forgotten his history. On every Nov 10th, Marines Corps Birthday, regardless of location and branch he raises a toast of thanks to the band of brothers that have placed upon the “Alter of Freedom” the ultimate sacrifice to ensure we all can have a chance for a better tomorrow. Therefore, I respectfully submit to you the reader; that this good and faithful servant has earned our acknowledgment of his service to the people of this great nation by providing him with a replacement roof on his humble home. In conclusion, I wish blessings upon all of those who stood/stand against the threat of tyranny from those that want to remove forever our freedom of self-rule and choice. Semper-Fidelis

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