|Birth: ||Dec. 22, 1946|
|Death: ||Jun. 27, 1967, Vietnam|
SUB-UNIT 5 (CAC OSCAR), HQ BN, 3RD MARDIV, 3RD MARDIV
0351 Antitank Assaultman,commanding officer-lt. general victor krulak-commanding f.m.f.
Location on the Wall - Panel 22E Line 073.
james was survived by his father james shepard, mother pearlie shepard,sisters: nancy and sally.
from what i am adding for jim is from a telephone conversation from his sister as his own high school nor his high school's alumni association are thus far no help.
jim was a four year varsity athlete in football (team captain) , four year varsity basketball player (team captain), four year varsity baseball player (team captain).
jim was also the president of his class during his senior year at marshall high school and he is the only american in the village of marshall to pay the ultimate sacrifice in vietnam.
he was witnessed to be the last marine on the telephone to his base camp warning the thousands of marines of an n.v.a. regiment preparing to attack, this warning saved the lives of thousands of americans in 1967, this , he did even though he knew he was dying from a gunshot wounds in the neck, in normal cases, he would have been awarded the congressional medal of honor.
through the course of time, his own mother just could not accept the fact that her son was gone, for at least a few decades, she kept her son's bedroom the same as when he left, his clothing neating in the drawers, clothing and uniforms hanging in the closet, his shined boots and shoes under his bed,his favorite grooming items still on top of his dresser, his radio still left on the same station, even though that station had long dissapeared off of the airwives, the same bedding on his bed, the same pillows, his mother would routinely , lightly vacuum his entire room, especially his bed and pillow where she could still smell her son's odor, at the bedroom door , a felt was placed across the entrance because so many young people would want to gaze in at their village's hero.
even, when a large group of marines that were vietnam veterans showed up to further talk to the remaining family members, these marines that had been at the top of hill 689 opening wept at the remembrance of this true hero.
James M. Shepard (1922 - 2000)
WI, CPL, US Marine Corps., Vietnam PH.CLASSIFIED OPERATIONS, nsa cia dod
Created by: Dale
Record added: Nov 12, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16620461