Jerry Dale Cantrell

Private First Class
Army of the United States
15 August 1949 - 30 July 1969
Benton, Arkansas
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Jerry Dale Cantrell

19 Nov 2001

Jerry was the first boy to let me wear his football jacket.
I was in the 7th grade.

My Dad was instrumental in having the Vietnam Memorial built in Saline County.
When I saw Jerry's name, it broke my heart.
I still see him smiling, wearing his Bulldog letterman's jacket.

A memorial from a friend,
Donna Hill
E-Mail address not available

26 May 2006

Jerry Cantrell was my cousin. We were just two months apart in age, and we grew up together in a small rural community near Benton, Arkansas.

I attended Jerry's funeral in 1969, and it was one of the saddest days of my life. He was buried at Gravel Hill Cemetery, which is located on Highway 9 South in Saline County, Arkansas, near his boyhood home.

Jerry was a dear, sweet young man. I think of him often, and I miss him.

From a cousin,
Donna L. Taylor

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 1st Battalion, 11th Infantry, lost five men on 30 July 1969:
  • SFC Eugene M. Robinson, Germany, "A" Company
  • SP4 Wilbert E. Jones, Eden, NC, "B" Company
  • SP4 Perlum M. Parker, Atlanta, GA, "B" Company
  • PFC John R. Stashonsky, Old Hickory, TN, "B" Company
  • PFC Jerry D. Cantrell, Benton, AR, "D" Company

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a cousin,
Donna L. Taylor

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 19 Nov 2001
Last updated 06/01/2006