Scottsdale Rotarian, WWII veteran COL Park Shaw passes away

Col. Park Shaw seated at his last Rotary Club meeting on June 27, 2016  (submitted photo)

Col. Park Shaw seated at his last Rotary Club meeting on June 27, 2016 (submitted photo)

Rotary Club of Scottsdale members spent part of its recent luncheon gathering remembering WWII Veteran Col. Park Shaw, who passed away July 29.

Members and guests shared deep sadness and heavy hearts while remembering their dear friend and fellow Rotarian. Col Park Shaw, was an active Rotarian with perfect attendance for the past 42 years.

COL Shaw served as 1984-85 Rotary Club of Scottsdale Club President. The club placed on its website’s homepage (www.scottsdalerotary.org) a link to its “We Salute You – Col Park” photo album/slideshow.

In 2006, COL Shaw was inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame, an award presented by Gov. Janet Napolitano.

Col Shaw was inducted into the Infantry Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame in 1991 — an honor bestowed upon only 1 percent of it’s graduates, according to a press release.

Prior, he graduated from Kentucky Military Institute in 1942, the summer after Pearl Harbor, and immediately enlisted in the Army.

At 19 years old, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, infantry, at Ft. Benning, Ga.

He served extensively in the Southwest Pacific during World War II and participated in the initial assault wave on Luzon, Philippines, in 1945 and in the initial occupation of Hokkaido, Japan.

Following the war, Col. Shaw served as member of the General Staff at the 6th Army Headquarters at the Presidio in San Francisco.

For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale’s meetings, programs and membership see www.scottsdalerotary.org.

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