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Spec John Charles "Shifty" Schiffhauer
Birth: May 10, 1947
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Mar. 1, 1969
Kon Tum, Vietnam

Gator 390, LZ Swinger, Plei Trap Valley, Kontum Province.

SP5 - E5 - Army - Regular

Length of service 3 years
His tour began on Dec 4, 1968
Casualty was on Mar 1, 1969
Body was recovered

Panel 30W - Line 7
Home of Record: Harrisburg, PA
Date of birth: 05/10/1947

Service: Army of the United States
Grade at loss: E5
Rank: Specialist Five
ID No: 13858922
MOS: 67N20: UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Length Service: 03

Start Tour: 12/04/1968
Incident Date: 03/01/1969
Casualty Date: 03/01/1969
Age at Loss: 21
Location: Kontum Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason: Helicopter - Noncrew
Casualty Detail: Air loss or crash over land

On The Wall at Panel 30W - Line 7


Notes from The Wall;

Mike (Shakey) Curran
30 Grove Street Wakefield MA 01880 USA
Minds Memory Eternal for my friend
John was a friend who insisted on doing his part. John was well liked by all who knew him and there are not many days I don't think of him. I'll never forget the joy in his eyes when he read part of a letter from his wife informing him of his new born son and when he was killed, I will never forget the brave letter his wife sent to us all. We miss you Shiffy
Oct 2, 2007

Raymond Marks
a little boys hero
Harrisburg, PA 17109 USA
You were dating my sister and I thought of you as my big brother. I remember making doughnuts to send you. I love you. I became a Marine and I will remember you always
Monday, May 30, 2005

Bob Kilpatrick
Served in 119th AHC with John
22 West Point Rd
East Hampton, CT 06424
Our pal "Shifty", John C. Schiffhauer, crew chief of Gator 390, is remembered always by his friends in the 119th Assault Helicopter Company. We were with him at LZ Swinger on March 1, 1969. For those who want the whole story, our friend Ron Carey has written a book about those six weeks in the Plei Trap Valley that started on March 1. "The War Above the Trees" ISBN 141203503-1 by Trafford Publishing.
Wednesday, June 22, 2005

John Travers
Fellow Classmate
John was a classmate, and I served a year later in Nam. he was a great guy and a true hero.
Wednesday, March 10, 2004

March 1, 2004

Ron Carey, another friend and fellow crew chief, posted the following today on the 119th AHC web site:

John C. Schiffhauer
Gator 390
119th Assault Helicopter Company
March 1, 1969
LZ Swinger

March 1, 1969

AUTHOR: Ron Carey
DATE: Monday, 1 March 2004, at 1558 hrs

On this date 35 years ago, the seasons in America were about to change. Winter's cold winds and snows had given way to the warm breezes of spring. The earth would renew itself as it has done for thousands of years.

Members of the "Baby Boom" generation had become young adults. The warm weather would bring new hope. Fueled by the sounds of "Rock N Roll" Free Love and a growing group which was called the Anti-War Movement many made plans for what would be called "The Summer of Love".

Half a world away, in the Central Highlands of Vietnam other members of this generation also prepared for the changing seasons. The Dry season would soon end and the Monsoons would move in from the west and take its place. For this reason the men of the 4th Infantry Division would again enter the Valley of Death which was called the Plei-Trap.

In the northern part of the valley,Company B/1/8 would combat assault into Firebase 20. Companies C/1/8& D/1/8 would assault LZ Susan. Company A/1/8 would assault LZ Turkey. To the south, Company A/3/12 would assault LZ Swinger. During this assault the first two soldiers of Operation Wayne Grey would be killed.

Sp/5 John C. Schiffhauer and Sp/4 Douglas J. Markovich, both 21 years old, would pay the ultimate price. Two young lives taken in a war many of us didn't understand. Lest we forget their passing for the world is a lesser place without them. To our brothers we promise that they will never be forgotten.
Posted by: Bob Kilpatrick
Relationship: We served together
Monday, March 1, 2004
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  Louis E. Schiffhauer (1922 - 2004)
Golden Gate National Cemetery
San Bruno
San Mateo County
California, USA
Plot: B, 5-A
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