John E S Mitchell, JrSpecialist Four
C CO, 23RD MEDICAL BN, AMERICAL DIV, USARV
Army of the United States
12 February 1951 - 02 July 1970
American Falls, Idaho
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The database page for John E S Mitchell, Jr
"SCOTTY" was his nickname. He was sent to C Company, 23rd Med Battalion to train as an OJT medic to be sent out in the field with F Troop. I was OJT also but been in country 6 months before Scotty. He asked everyone about the bush and seemed so excited to go. His day came a couple weeks after arriving.
The Troop was hit hard and Medics were usually in the line of fire. Scotty was looking at slides I had taken while in the the bush when word came he had to go. He was so excited he left guickly with a pack and his M16, only saying "See ya" while at a near run.
Next day I heard F Troop was hit with land mines and Scotty never knew what hit him. He died from concussion. I was there to pay my friend tribute by unloading his body from the medevac chopper "236 Dust off" and help Graves Registration place his body in the cooler. I volunteered that day to go out but they wouldn't let me cause I had a generator MOS also and was in charge of the hospital's generators. I wanted to do what Scotty did that day but he saved my life. Thank you, John E. Mitchell, for being my friend and fellow soldier!
From a friend and fellow soldier,
A Note from The Virtual WallFive men from the 196th Infantry Brigade were killed when their personnel carrier hit a mine on Route 533, 9 kilometers west-southwest ot Tam Khe. They were
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Army Medics and Navy Corpsmen who died in Vietnam.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 10 Aug 2007
Last updated 08/10/2009