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Cmdr. Dan Frederic Shanower

Age: 40

Hometown: Naperville, Ill., USA

Occupation: On staff at the Navy Command Center, U.S. Navy

Location: Ground, Pentagon

"Dan's collection was started with sand from the obstacle course at Pensacola, Florida, during his officer's training program. It continued through his assignments and travel opportunities around the world--Japan, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Hawaii, the Bahamas, Bali, the British Virgin Islands and Mexico. His sense of dedication to his country and the U.S. Navy was coupled with outrageous humor and a love of adventure. He loved the water, and somehow these little bottles of white, tan and black sand represented great memories, whether they were of the boat he owned while stationed in San Diego or the friends with whom he relaxed while assigned to Japan, the Philippines or the Pentagon." -- Pat Shanower, mother


Navy Cmdr. Daniel F. Shanower had been posted around the world in his 15 years as a naval officer, but he was happy with his transfer to the staff of the Navy Command Center just more than a year ago, said his brother Jonathan Shanower, a lawyer in Naperville, Ill.

"He loved being in Washington," Shanower said. "He had spent some time there as a student at American University in the 1980s, and he loved politics."

Daniel Shanower, 40, was a lanky man with an easy smile who liked to spend his weekends hanging out at a Xando coffeehouse, his neighbors in Vienna said. On hot days, he was often seen behind his condominium complex washing his Lexus.

Jonathan Shanower said his brother was a very private person and revealed little about his personal life or much about his work, which had taken him to Japan, the Philippines and, for several tours, the aircraft carrier USS Midway.

"We didn't talk business," Shanower said. "Family was important."

Shanower grew up in Naperville, one of five siblings and the son of a schoolteacher, Patricia, and a retired college professor, Donald.

He went to Naperville Central High School, where he graduated in 1979, and then on to a private liberal arts institution, Carroll College in Wisconsin, where he graduated with a communications degree in 1983.

He applied and was accepted into naval officer training in Pensacola, Fla., shortly thereafter, his brother said. Shanower lived quietly in a town house community and was studying to receive his master's degree at Georgetown University, his brother said.

The family learned late Tuesday that he was unaccounted for.

"We are doing as best as can be expected," Jonathan Shanower said. "I think we're doing better than a civilian family might be. As a military family, we have some idea of the potential of something like this happening, where a civilian family could never expect or imagine something as horrific as this."

-- Annie Gowen

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Source: The Washington Post, AP and

The profiles in this feature were written in the months following Sept. 11, 2001.

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