James Earnest Shuyler

Private First Class
Army of the United States
15 October 1945 - 09 June 1966
Buffalo, Oklahoma
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Silver Star

Combat Medic

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign


The database page for James Earnest Shuyler

19 Apr 2004

James was from the small community of Buffalo, Oklahoma, as was my brother Darrel LaFevre. James was killed in action on June 9,1966, and was our first loss. When my brother Darrel was killed in action on October 31, 1968, James' parents called my family saying they would be honored to have Darrel laid to rest right beside James at our cemetery - which they are.

To my knowledge they are the only ones from our hometown to have died in Vietnam. I just wanted to add James to The Virtual Wall as he well deserves our respects - as do all the other young men.


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From someone who knew his family.
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5 Jul 2004

He went by "JE", and died in the Battle of Tumerong, near Dak To. He was awarded the Silver Star posthumously for continuing to render aid to other injured soldiers while himself mortally wounded. He was a simple Oklahoma farm boy, and shared his horse 'Shorty' with me whenever I visited in the summer. He was my cousin.

Marsha S Finley
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A Note from The Virtual Wall

In May 1966 the remote CIDG camp at Toumorong, some 18 miles northwest of Dak To, came under siege by North Vietnamese Army forces. A relief effort was staged by elements of the 101st Airborne and 1st Cavalry Divisions, leading to heavy fighting during the first part of June 1966.

Between 03 and 10 Jun 1966 the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, and the 2nd Battalion, 501st Infantry, fought several engagements against the 24th NVA Regiment in the area around the Dak Tan Kan Valley. 2/502 lost twelve men on 09/10 June while fighting on the Ngok Run Ridge which formed one border of the valley:

  • A Company:
    • SGT George A. Morningstar, Ocala, FL
    • PFC Lawrence J. Deisher, Reading, PA
    • PFC Melvin Reeder, Silverstreet, SC

  • B Company:
    • PFC Will P. Barton, Spokane, WA

  • C Company:
    • 1LT James H. Baker, Baltimore, MD
    • SFC Robert Hanna, Philadelphia, PA
    • SP4 Walter Williams, Cincinnati, OH
    • PFC Joseph R. Ellman, Spokane, WA
    • PFC Edward T. Frodsham, Seattle, WA
    • PFC Edward Garcia, New York, NY
    • PFC Michael T. Murphy, St Petersburg, FL
    • PFC James E. Shuyler, Buffalo, OK, medic HQ Co with C/2/502

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