Shelby M Carter

United States Marine Corps
21 February 1949 - 08 May 1970
Dry Prong, LA
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Shelby M Carter

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Shelby M Carter

23 Oct 2001

Shelby's on the left and I'm on the right in this photograph, which was taken somewhere south of Danang. We were with Golf Company, 2/1 Marines, with the machine gun team in Charlie Squad.

Shelby is holding a picture of his new wife from the Philippines ... he married while he was on R & R. He died 33 days before his rotation date.

I have more pictures of him together with the machine team and would like to share them with others who remember Shelby Carter.

From a close friend in Vietnam,
Daniel Saculles

13 Dec 2003

I served with Carter, he was in Guns and I was in Alpha Squad. Carter and I been through a lot and Carter married a girl I loved. If I had only done a better job of being a Marine my friend would be alive today. If I could I'd give my life for his and a few others today and every day since May 1970.

To his Family, I'm so so sorry! I don't asked to be forgiven, I don't want to be. I have nightmares about Schrader and Carter even today. I weep daily for my friends, I know they're in a better place than where I'll be going.

Semper Fi! My Brothers!


5 Mar 2004

Shelby and I grew up together in central Louisiana near the small town of Dry Prong. Shelby and I were very close, spending many of our summers together, camping, fishing, and working in the hay fields. His Mother ran a small general store in the village of Williana, where Shelby and I spent many hours sitting outside the store on a bread-box, making our plans on becoming Marines, after watching Richard Widmark in the movie "Halls of Montezuma". Shelby was a good friend and I miss him.

From a friend and fellow Marine,
Loyde P. "Snake" Arender
455 Forest Oaks Road Monroe, La 71202-7535

"My Marines"

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Golf Company, 2/1 Marines, lost two men on 08 May 1970:
  • CPL Shelby M. Carter, Dry Prong, LA
  • LCPL Clifford E. Jesse, Saginaw, MI
The other Marine mentioned by Kelly is Lance Corporal Franklin D. Schrader, who was killed in action on 19 January 1970.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a close friend in Vietnam,
Daniel Saculles 
23 Oct 2001

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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