John Robert Shell

Private First Class
Army of the United States
09 April 1947 - 01 February 1968
London, England, Great Britain
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for John Robert Shell

01 Feb 2008

John, it is your anniversary today, the beganing of the Tet Offensive. Hell broke loose and we lost you that night. I have never forgotten you, and your couragous sacrifice for our country did not go in vain. You will always be a hero to our free nation. There has never been a greater sacrifice for the ideals of freedom. God only knows why some of us made it home and others did not. Well, for now "adios", and until we meet again in heaven, for we spent our time hell!

From a friend in combat,
Israel Barrera Jr.
212 Fairview Drive, Kingsville, Texas 78363

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 01-02 Feb 1968 elements of the 1st Infantry Division fought a bitter engagement around An My, about 4 kilometers northwest of the Phu Loi airfield. Although 232 VC dead were found on the battlefields, 17 US soldiers were killed and a number of others wounded. The known US dead were
  • A Co, 2nd Bn, 16th Infantry
    • 2LT William E. Lozier, Cassopolis, MI
    • SP4 George J. Gottwald, Roslindale, MA
    • SP4 Dennis J. Miller, Pottstown, PA
    • SP4 William R. Truett, Miamisburg, OH

  • A Co, 1st Med Bn
    • SP4 Peter H. Heissenbuttel, Baldwin, NY
    • SP4 Willard V. Johnson, Fallon, NV

  • 1st Bn, 28th Infantry
    • 1LT Kenneth H. Albritton, Fayetteville, NC, A Co
    • SP4 Charles W. Permaloff, Detroit, MI, C Co
    • PFC John R. Shell, London, England, GB, C Co

  • C Co, 2nd Bn, 2nd Infantry
    • PFC Hilberto Ortega, San Antonio, TX

  • 1st Sqdn, 4th Cavalry
    • SSG Dierother Brown, St Louis, MO, B Troop
    • SSG Charles R. Mensch, Kansas City, MO, B Troop
    • SP4 Donald W. Allen, Waterford, WI, C Troop
    • SP4 George M. Hall, Glen Park, IN, B Troop
    • SP4 Eddie G. Huffman, Lewisburg, WV, B Troop
    • SP4 Stephen P. Mitchell, Carpentersville, IL, B Troop
    • PFC Raymond E. Kramer, New Salem, ND, C Troop

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 01 Feb 2008
Last updated 08/10/2009