James John ShereckCaptain
131ST AVN CO, 212TH AVN BN, 16TH AVN GRP, 1 AVN BDE
Army of the United States
19 March 1939 - 04 March 1971
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The database page for James John Shereck
You are missed every day.
He completed a four year enlistment in the Navy after high school and then enlisted in the Army. Toward the end of his enlistment he was accepted for the Army's Warrant Officer Pilot program, training at Fort Wolters in flight class 66-21 and at Fort Rucker in flight class 66-23 before receiving his wings on 14 February 1967. He was assigned to the 191st Assault Helicopter Company in Vietnam and completed a full tour of duty in 1967-68.
On his return from Vietnam, he received an officer's commission in the Army Reserve and underwent fixed-wing flight training at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, qualifying in the OV-1B Mohawk. He returned to Vietnam on 16 Sep 1970, assigned to the 131st Aviation Company at Phu Bai.
On 04 March 1971, while returning from a night reconnaissance mission, his aircraft suffered an engine failure. As the aircraft approached its base, the other engine failed. Captain Shereck remained in the aircraft until his technical observer had ejected, whereupon he ejected. His ejection seat malfunctioned and he fell to earth still strapped to the seat.
He is buried in the Silver Bay Cemetery, Silver Bay, Minnesota, on a wooded hillside overlooking Lake Superior.
A letter and poem left at the
In December of 2003, I was honored to meet with your brother, John James Shereck and his wife. We had a great visit and talked about you ... he misses you a lot.
Then, shortly before Christmas, I visited your mother, Adeline. I brought a bouquet of flowers and had a great 45 minute visit with her. One thing she said just stuck with me. She said "he was a good boy".
She remembered you as a "good boy" ... I remember you as a "good man" because you treated everyone around you with utmost respect.
From your crewchief and friend,
Outside Looking In
I've gone through life
In my life, my tears have fallen
Through my life, I have seen people within
Always looking in, from the rain and the cold
They are warm when outside I am cold
Do they see the pain I go through?
I am on the outside looking in
I did not know you because I wasn't born at the time. But this poem made me think of all those who serve in our history. My name is Rena Shereck, I am the daughter of Tim Shereck and Grandaughter to Wilmer Shereck. I hope this will stand for something to everyone sometime. I am thankful for your cause and wish you could be here with us. I do not know much about my family because I live with my mom and not my dad (which is the Shereck side of me) but I want everyone who is related to Captain Shereck to know that you are in my prayers always.
From a cousin (I think),
is remembered by his comrades from the
191st Assault Helicopter Company
131st Aviation Company
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 08/10/2009