John Frederick Shiefer
First Lieutenant
C TRP, 2ND SQDN, 17TH CAVALRY, 101ST ABN DIV, USARV
Army of the United States
Boise, Idaho
October 14, 1939 to August 29, 1970
JOHN F SHIEFER is on the Wall at Panel W7, Line 23

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02 Sep 2003

I was in Sturgis, South Dakota, in August and visited the American Veterans Traveling Tribute, a traveling 5/8 scale model Vietnam Veterans Wall that was at the Buffalo Chip camp ground. I frequently visit the various traveling Walls to see my friends' names.

We were with C Troop, 2/17th Cav, and we were shot down in a helicopter. 1Lt John F Shiefer was the co-pilot and he and the pilot WO Mark Minear were killed. I survived.


From a comrade in arms,
Steve Ross

 
Notes from The Virtual Wall

On 29 Aug 1970 a UH-1H Huey (tail number 67-17699) of C Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, was involved in a Ranger team insertion. As the aircraft settled into the landing zone it was hit repeatedly in the forward section by 12.7mm antiaircraft machinegun and RPG fire. With both pilots dead or dying, the aircraft crashed. Of the eight men aboard, four were injured and recovered by another aircraft but four were dead:


1st Lt Shiefer and Warrant Officer Minear are remembered by
 
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C Troop, 2/17 Cav

1LT Shiefer was survived by wife Judy L Shiefer and a son of Idaho Street, Boise and his mother Ruth L Shiefer, Noel Street, Boise. He is buried in Dry Creek Cemetery, Boise, Ada County, Idaho.

John F Shiefer

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