John E S Mitchell, Jr

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
12 February 1951 - 02 July 1970
American Falls, Idaho
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Combat Medic

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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10 Aug 2007

"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,
Sp4 William B Goforth
15850 Old Dayton Road, New Lebanon, Ohio 45345

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Five 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
  • F Trp, 17th Cavalry
    • 1LT David B. Miller, Lansing, MI
    • SP4 Randall A. Carver, Three Oaks, MI
    • SP4 William F. Emanuel, Shreveport, LA
    • PFC James R. Merz, Royal Oak, MI

  • C Co, 23rd Med Bn
    • SP4 John E. S. Mitchell, American Falls, ID
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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