PFC Elmer Shields Passed Away
PFC Elmer Matthew Shields of RR No 2 Ava, Illinois passed away in Viet Nam on November 4, 1969 at the age of 20 years, 8 months, 19 days.
He is the son of Matthew and Lillie Bower Shields. He was born on February 15, 1949 at Gorham, Illinois. He graduated from Gorham High School in May 1967 and entered Service February 4, 1969 and went to Viet Nam June 29, 199.
Mr. Shields worked at McDonnell Douglass Corp., in St. Louis before entering Service.
He served in Company A 3-12 Infantry 4th Division.
He was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church Raddle, Illinois.
He is survived by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Shields, of Ava, Ill. Two brothers, Samuel Shields, St. Charles, Mo., Dean Shields, Ava, Illinois, three sisters, Mrs. Vivian Moll, St. Louis, Mo., Mrs. Ruth Ellenberg, of Cutler, Illinois, and Mrs. Elizabeth Kenon, Dallas, Texas.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, 1969 at the St. Ann's Catholic Church, Raddle, Illinois. Reverend Leo J. Hayes, Pastor of the Church officiated.
Interment was in the Ava Evergreen Cemetery under the auspices of the Wilson Funeral Home, Ava, Illinois.
[Source: Jackson County Historical Society obituary files, probably Southern Illinoisan newspaper]
Illinois PFC Co A 12 Inf 4 Inf Div Vietnam BSM-PH
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