Jerry Michael Shriver
27 Oct 2002
Waking up every morning I see your name tattooed on my wrist, and I have to wonder what you see every morning. The faces of your captors? The bars on your prison? Or the scars on your body? I wonder what you think about every day. Your family? Your comrades who fought and died alongside you that fateful day? Or the rescue that will never come?
Jerry, I'm grateful for the sacrifice you gave for your Country and will never forget you. I think about you every day and grieve for you. Please know that I pray for you and will never give up hope for your return.
From someone who wears his MIA bracelet,
14 Dec 2002God bless you Jerry Shriver, and all of the men just like you. There are those of us who understand your sacrifice. God doesn't make men like you any more.
From the son of a Vietnam veteran,
07 Jul 2003May you be at peace, brother.
SF represented all that was honorable,
on and off the battlefield,
in and out of the jungle.
You and others like you did your country proud,
May all of you never be forgotten.
From a fellow Vietnam vet,
Dave Hamilton, Major (Ret)
23 Apr 2004
Mad dog, You were always chasing the sounds of the guns. You were a brave and honorable man who looked after your men. Sleep well, my brother.
From a fellow soldier,
John (Jack) Smith
8 Jan 2005I am not an American.
I do not know anyone who was affected by the Vietnam War.
I do believe, however, that what those men and women did
over there was worthy of recognition.
I wish to thank them for their sacrifice,
on behalf of the people of South Vietnam,
and their Comrades-in-arms.
Edmund Burke said
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil
is for good men to do nothing."
Thank you to people like Jerry Michael Shriver,
I will always remember you,
we will always remember you.
29 Apr 2005God Bless Jerry and all those who love and miss him...
From one who remembers.
05 Oct 2005Jerry, you and all the brave people who served in Vietnam will always remain in our hearts.
I wore your bracelet for 4 years and still have it with me today.
I was hoping that you were one of the prisoners who came home, that there would be a face to the name I wore.
May you have peace.
Joyce Hodapp Jones
E-mail address is not available.
23 Sep 2006
I went through the Special Forces training group in 1968-69; Mad Dog Jerry Shriver was a legend! All of us up hoped to meet him when we went to 'Nam.
I don't know why, but this afternoon, I've been reminicising about him; almost 38 years later. I never met Jerry because he was MIA a few days after I got in country. I didn't know him, but I felt a sense of loss.
For some reason, I'm getting misty eyed and cannot continue this thought. I'll log on later and complete this.
Terry L Clevinger
06 Nov 2006
I have only read about your heroic feats and selfless sacrifice for your men.
I am 26 years old but have been studying the Vietnam War for some years, and "Mad Dog" in the last year and a half.
I just want you to know where ever you are I pray for you every day, and if you are still alive I pray that somehow we will find you and all those with you. God bless you and give you everlasting peace.
Timothy J. Whiseant
15 Apr 2007
Jerry, I'm so thankful you are finally being recognized for the great American patriot you are. I've tried for years to keep your memory alive, but you will never die in the minds of those who served with you. Your courage needs to be recorded as well as all aspects of your life for the inspiration of others. My greatest desire is that someone will write the story of your short life. My children know all about you as well as my grandchildren. It is hard for them to understand how I idolize a soldier like you, yet I wouldn't walk across a room to shake hands with the President. You are still the only truly great person I ever knew. I will always thank you for having my back and being my friend.
From a friend and brother-in-arms,
Ronald C. Winkles
Major, U.S. Army (Ret)
20th Special Operations Squadron
Vietnam 1968 to 1969
7525 E. Andrew Johnson Hwy, Whitesburg, Tn 37891
06 May 2007
Jerry was a SOG legend when I arrived at Project Omega in June 1968. He and his company CO Frank Lambert always came back with captured weapons and enemy documents after every Hatchet Force operation. I had the privilege of having Jerry with me on a combat OP. Around late November of 68 Jerry was sent back to recon company. I put him in Tango 51 in northeast Cambodia some 56 kilometers northwest of Duc Co twice in early 1969. The last time I saw this great American was the night before he went to our southern launch site for his last mission with CCS. I often think of Jerry. God Bless.
05 Jul 2007
Jerry, the story of your bravery is being passed on to the next generation of American warriors. You are an inspiration to me and countless other young Americans. God bless your soul.
Notes from The Virtual Wall
SFC Jerry M. Shriver was part of a mixed US Special Forces/Montagnard force inserted into the immediate vicinity of a North Vietnamese Army headquarters located just across the Cambodian border in the Fishhook area.
The platoon was taken under heavy fire by NVA troops immediately after the insertion, leading to an all-day battle before suppressive fires finally reduced the enemy opposition to the point that the platoon (and a small supporting force separately inserted) could be extracted.
A total of 24 men had been inserted; 17 were recovered, and of those 17 ten were wounded and one was dead (1LT Gregory M. Harrigan). Two Americans and five Montagnards were not recovered; one of the seven, medic SGT Ernest C. Jamison, was known dead, while the other six were listed as Missing in Action. The remains of SGT Jamison and one of the Montagnards were recovered in 1970.
According to the Task Force Omega site, a Radio Hanoi broadcast indicated that Shriver had been killed in the fighting. However, he was carried as MIA until 10 June 1974, when the Secretary of the Army approved a Presumptive Finding of Death. During this time he was promoted from E-7 to E-8. As of 04 June 2004 his remains have not been repatriated.
There is a marker for Master Sergeant Jerry M. Shriver in the Fort Lawton Federal Cemetery in Seattle, Washington (Plot 4-235, placed 08/22/1974).
Unofficial information indicates that Master Sergeant Shriver was on his third tour of duty in Vietnam and received two Silver Stars, the Soldier's Medal, seven Bronze Stars (6 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Purple Heart, the Air Medal, and four Army Commendation Medals for valor - a total of 20 decorations when you include the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Vietnam Campaign Medal.
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