Technical Sergeant “Gunny” (SgtMaj) Elmer George Shaw USMC was born September 23, 1923 and died July 16, 1991. He is survived by three sons, Gregory Shaw of Oregon, Michael Shaw of San Clemente, CA, and Daniel Shaw of Dana Point, CA, three sisters, 4 grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. Sergeant Major Shaw was a veteran of Korea and Vietnam with 30 years of distinguished service. The "Gunny" came from Fox/2/7 with Capt Sam Goich to become the first First Sergeant of the 1st Provisional DMZ Police Company. He was a 30 year member of the Oceanside Elks Lodge. He served for 10 years with the Secret Service during the Nixon administration. Graveside services with full military honors took place in Riverside National Cemetery July 19, 1991.
He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done.
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes everyone.
And 'tho sometimes, to his neighbors,
His tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened,
For they knew whereof he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer,
For our brother has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer,
For a Marine died today.