Shields, Jonathan Benard, SGT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
19K10-M1 Armor Crewman
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1998-2004, 19K10, HHC, 1st Cavalry Division
Service Years
1998 - 2004
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Order of the Spur


Two Service Stripes

Four Overseas Service Bars

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SFC John Heuer to remember Shields, Jonathan Benard, SGT.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Fort Hood, TX

Casualty Date
Nov 12, 2004
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Other Accident
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

1st Cavalry Division

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of The Spur

 Military Association Memberships
GWOT FallenCrossed Sabers Chapter
  2004, GWOT Fallen [Verified]
  2004, 1st Cavalry Division Association, Crossed Sabers Chapter (Fallen Member (Honor Roll)) (Fort Hood, Texas) [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Action 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry 1st Cavalry Division
  1998-2004, 19K10, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry
  1998-2004, 19K10, HHC, 1st Cavalry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2004-2004 OIF/Transition of Iraq (2003-04)
  2004-2004 OIF/Transition of Iraq (2003-04)/Camp Taji, Iraq
  2004-2004 OIF/Iraqi Governance (2004-05)/Operation Phantom Fury
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Jonathan is buried at Kennedy Memorial Gardens, Cedar Grove, DeKalb County, GA.

SGT Jonathan B. Shields was KIA during night time combat operations when the M1 Abrams he was commanding rolled over in to an un-marked trench in Fallujah, Iraq, on November 12, 2004.

Unit: assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
This has been a long time overdue! I had been chipping away at it for awhile, and wanted it to be "perfect" before I posted it. But memories aren't perect, and they tend to face over time. This is what I remember about Jonathan Sheilds:

SGT Shields served with-in my Tank Platoon and on my tank for awhile, and I remember him as being a great “field soldier” – meaning that when we were in garrison, he was kind of a “Beatle Bailey” type character, but when we went to the field he was all work. He never hesitated to help with any Platoon level tasks that were being executed and he would often help other tank crews in other Platoons. He would often fill in positions in other Platoons when they were short personnel. I can recall during one gunnery period that he must have filled in on at least half a dozen other tanks as they made their qualification runs.

Because of his extensive experience at the Battalion level while assigned to Headquarters Command Vehicles, he was sort of a commo guru. There were many times when other Platoons, and on occasions our Commo guys, would call on him to fix their commo. I know many times when we would experience commo problems on my tank, especially with FBCB2, he would say “Sergeant Heuer, just get out of the way and let me fix it.” I would just get out of the way.

SGT Shield was also one of those “resourceful” kind of soldiers who always seemed to know everybody, or at least knew somebody who knew somebody  who could get you anything you needed. If you needed a supply item or spare part… especially commo… he could get it.

SGT Shields served as my tank gunner for a period during the train-up period for OIF, and displayed some promising skills. His technical knowledge was surprisingly good, and I would have loved to have been able to take him through a gunnery and get him qualified as a M1 tank gunner.

Note:  I have tried to make this remberance profile for SGT Shields as accurate as possible using my personal memory, some internet research, and information obtained from people that knew him well. Please feel free to send me a message with any recommendations and/or any descrepencies found.


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