Shelton, Bobby James, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 11B10, 38th Infantry, Scout Dog Platoon, 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division
Service Years
1966 - 1967

Specialist 4

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Flag Pond
Last Address
Flag Pond

Casualty Date
Sep 29, 1967
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Binh Duong (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Harris Cemetery - Unicoi County, Tennessee
Wall/Plot Coordinates
27E 031

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division
  1967-1967, 11B10, 38th Infantry, Scout Dog Platoon, 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Bobby is buried at Harris Cemetery, Unicoi County, TN.
Denis McDonough (Photo Credit)
Fellow Vietnam vet
Dog Is Bewildered During Memorial Men of the 25th Inf Div's 38th Scout Dog Platoon gathered recently to pay tribute to one of their members killed in action against the Viet Cong. The saddest member of all of them never said a word, but glanced repeatedly at the weapon and beret of his master. Held at the 1st Bn, 27th Inf "Wolfhound's" chapel, the service was in memory of Sp4 Bobby J. Shelton of Flagpond Tenn., who was killed while on a search and destroy operation deep in the HoBo Woods. "Paddy, his dog, took it hardest of all," said Plt. Leader First Lieutenant John Anderson. "All morning he wandered around looking for him." Paddy was trained at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, and was one of the dogs to arrive with the unit in Vietnam in July of 1966. Paddy has been on continuous combat operations with the 25th Div since that time. Shelton was a product of the 38th Plt's own training program given at the unit's Cu Chi base camp. The program accepts volunteers from the division and trains them to be combat dog handlers. "Paddy will be retrained to another master," says Anderson. "but it takes a while to adapt to someone new."
Thursday, February 03, 2005

Denis McDonough
Fellow Vietnam vet
Bobby, I just wanted you to know you are loved and missed. My prayers to you and your family. BOBBY SHELTON was born on May 7, 1944. He became a member of the Army while in Flag Pond, Tennessee and attained the rank of SP4 (E4). On September 29, 1967 at the age of 23, BOBBY SHELTON gave his life in the service of our country in South Vietnam, Binh Duong Province. Bobby Shelton was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor, the citation reads: Sp/4 Shelton distinguished himself by heroic actions on 29 September 1967 in the Republic of Vietnam. On this date Specialist Shelton was serving as a Scout Dog Handler attached to the Second Battalion, Fourteenth Infantry conducting a search and destroy operation in the Ho Bo Woods. At approximately 1330 hours on this date Sp. Shelton was working his Scout Dog in advance of the company's point element when the dog gave a strong alert to the left front of the company. With complete disregard for his personal safety Sp. Shelton advanced farther in front of the company in order to determine the source of the alert. Reaching a hedgerow he broke through without waiting for the point element to precede him. As he came to the other side of the hedgerow his Scout Dog again alerted. Again with complete disregard for his personal safety Sp. Shelton, knowing that enemy contact was eminent, exposed himself in order to warn the elements of the company that followed him that enemy contact was eminent. As he did this, the enemy opened fire with automatic weapons mortally wounding him. Sp. Shelton's heroic actions in the performance of his duty saved the elements behind him from being ambushed by the Viet Cong force. This outstanding display of aggresiveness, devotion to duty, and personal heroism is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. (more info You can find BOBBY SHELTON honored on the Vietnam Memorial Wall on Panel 27E, Row 31. Thanks to: Jim Summers for supplying the information on Bobby.
Thursday, February 03, 2005

Maggie Olson
Pleasant Grove UT 84062
I will always remember you
I learned this year that you died with my brother, Niel Riggs. You were together in the field, and both died of your injuries on Sept 29, 1967---40 years ago.
Now that I know your name, and what you were doing that day, including the efforts you made to save and protect those that were with you, I will always remember you, with the same respect and gratitude I hold for Niel. You were both doing difficult jobs, giving every effort you had. You are heroes. You will not be forgotten
Jul 5, 2007

Bobby J. Shelton, a man who was loved by one and all. There's a special place for special people
I moved into the Flag Pond area in 1974 therefore I didn't get to know Bobby. I was acquainted with his mom and dad, both of his brothers and his widow. I vist his grave at the Harris-Shelton Cemetary on the farm in Flag Pond, TN where he spent his childhood and place a plaque and American Flags each year. Although I was not in the Vietnam war I did serve during this unpopular war. I would like the world to know that Bobby James Shelton was an outstanding young man who loved one and all. I only wish I could have gotten to know him before he lost his life for this great country in which we are privileged to live. They aren't completely gone until they are forgotton. Bobby will never be forgotten as long as I live.
Edgar A. Rice US Army 21 Nov. 1963 until 2 Nov. 1965
Posted by: Edgar A. Rice
Saturday, August 17, 2002
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