"They inspire us to dream more, do more and become more with the lives that have been given to us by the sacrifices of those who came before us."
To all who knew Shields he was a selfless individual who truly cared about taking care of those around him.
Marvin Shields never went halfway in anything."
"He was a hard charger and cheerful the whole time. The fact he went out to shoot that rocket was above and beyond. Its one thing to fire it on the target range but something completely different to use it while under fire,"explained James Keenan, retired Navy Lt. Cmdr., from McMullen, Texas.
Joan Shields-Bennett, surviving wife of Shields, also talked about the way Shields felt toward his comrades from Seabee Team 1104 in the field.
"Marvin didn't consider the members of his team friends, but family," said Bennett. "Even in death a hero can have an impact on the people who loved him and those who have never met him."
The state of Washington recently passed legislation to name a stretch of Highway 101 for Shields, and also for other of the state's recipients of the nation's highest military honor.