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Sgt Earl Eric Shark
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Birth: May 23, 1946
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Death: Sep. 12, 1968, Vietnam

In Memory of ......... SFC Army E-7 Earl Eric Shark.
*** Staff Sergeant Shark was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. On September 12, 1968, he was serving as point man on a reconnaissance mission near Loc Ninh, Binh Long Province, South Vietnam. He was wounded, taken prisoner and died in captivity. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!

Age: 32
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth May 23, 1946
Marital Status: Single - He had a sister, Jean.

***** Earl was my cousin...You will always be missed and remembered!

***** In the story write up for Earl Eric Shark his army unit is indicated at Company C, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. The actual company was " Company A" , 1st Battalion, etc. This information is verifiable in the national archives for the VN KIA / MIA individuals at the NARA-AAD site. The ambush on Sept 12, 1968 wherein Shark became an MIA was a Squad of army soldiers from both A Company and E Company.
Gary McJimsey

Date of Loss: 12 September 1968
Hostile, died while missing, GROUND CASUALTY
Rank/Branch: E5/US Army
Unit:Co. C,1st Battalion,28th Infantry,1st Infantry Division
Date of Birth: 23 May 1946 (College Park MI)
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 115314N 1063737E (XU772145)
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground

Body was not recovered
Panel 44W - Line 41

Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)

On 12 September 1968, then Sgt. Earl E. Shark was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division that was conducting a reconnaissance-in-force mission.

Sgt. Shark was serving as the pointman for the 1st Squad, 3rd Platoon as the platoon advanced up a hill approximately 6 kilometers northeast of the town of Loc Ninh.

His unit came under intense enemy fire. The radio operator with Sgt. Shark transmitted that both men had been wounded and needed help.

When the point element came under fire from a superior enemy force, according to witnesses, Earl Shark was wounded in the upper torso. His radioman was also hit by the same burst of fire, but was five to ten meters behind the sergeant.

The platoon leader and his radioman reached and rescued the wounded radio operator, then crawled to within 5 to 10 meters of Earl Shark. They could see no movement, heard no noise, and saw no visible sign of life.

As the firefight continued, the platoon leader threw a hand grenade at an enemy soldier located in an entrenched bunker in front of Sgt. Shark. The grenade fell short and exploded closer to the wounded American than to the enemy soldier. Fragments from the grenade fell close enough to Sgt. Shark to set off the smoke grenades attached to his web gear, but Earl Shark still made no voluntary movement. Due to heavy enemy fire, the platoon leader and his radio operator were forced to withdraw without retrieving Sgt. Shark.

Three days later, on 15 September, the unit was able to reach the area where Sgt. Shark was last seen. The search and rescue/recovery (SAR) team found Sgt. Shark's helmet and part of his canteen in the position where he had last been seen, but found no trace of him.

Because of the circumstances of loss, the Army believed he "was captured and probably died of his wounds in captivity."

Earl Shark was listed Missing in Action.


Almost immediately intelligence reports were received and correlated to Earl Shark by US military intelligence agencies. These reports indicated that although seriously wounded, Earl Shark was alive, captured and survived for roughly 5 days before dying as a result of his wounds and complications following the amputation of one of his legs.

He is reported to have died at K101 Dispensary in Cambodia and was reportedly buried west of the hospital.

On 22 December 1970, the Viet Cong, released a list containing the names of American POWs who they reported died while under their control. The PRG list included Earl Shark as having Died in Captivity. Ironically, at the end of the war the VC refused to return the remains of Sgt. Shark in spite of the fact they acknowledged holding him prisoner.

Note: Looking for hometown location of his Memorial Headstone.
Honolulu Memorial *
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA
Plot: Courts of the Missing
*Cenotaph [?]
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Record added: Apr 04, 2011
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I was the radio operator for the company commander of C company on this operation. One of my duties was to report to the battalion our daily casualties. I reminder that night very well. It was only time I ever called in a mia(missing in action). For many ...(Read more)
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