1LT Carl Douglas Shirley

1LT Carl Douglas Shirley

Bluefield, Mercer County, West Virginia, USA
Death 22 Jul 1969 (aged 25)
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Site 35/4496
Memorial ID 17754285 View Source
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1LT Carl Douglas Shirley, Vietnam Veteran, native of Bluefield, West Virginia, residing in High Point, NC.

First Lieutenant Carl Douglas Shirley was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army Reserve, 1LT Shirley served our country until July 22nd, 1969 in Bing Long, South Vietnam. He was 25 years old and was not married. It was reported that Carl died from artillery fire. His body was recovered. Carl was born on March 15th, 1944 in Bluefield, West Virginia. 1LT Shirley is on panel 20W, line 034 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for one year. His Unit was the 919th Engineer Company, 11th Armored Cavalry.

My Brother, Doug. While he lived only 25 years, in that brief time he carved a lasting niche in my heart. Wonderful memories which, while different, are there forever with those who knew him. He is greatly missed these thirty some years later. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery beneath a lovely crabapple tree. J Shirley, his Sister.

He was my tactical training officer during OCS Ft. Belvoir, VA. Carl, I made it back and think of you each day. Peter Trefz

Doug was a nice, loving and caring person. As a young boy he carried my crippled son fishing and frog hunting. He was like the big brother that my son never had. He loved to fish and he always loved his parents and was always showing that love in his everyday life. He had a great influence on my son and my entire family. He was this way from age 8 when I first met him until his death while fighting our country's battles. His dream was to return home and work in Forestry. He was a great person and we still miss him, Ray Rook, Lilburn, Georgia.

He was the Son of Mr and Mrs James H Shirley, 1302 East Lexington Avenue, High Point, NC.

Served with the 919th Engineer Company, 11th Armored Cavalry, "Blackhorse".

He was awarded The Bronze Star Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster, Two Purple Heart Medal(s) for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal.