Shelby M CarterCorporal
G CO, 2ND BN, 1ST MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
21 February 1949 - 08 May 1970
Dry Prong, LA
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The database page for Shelby M Carter
Shelby's on the left and I'm on the right in this photograph, which was taken somewhere south of Danang. We were with Golf Company, 2/1 Marines, with the machine gun team in Charlie Squad.
Shelby is holding a picture of his new wife from the Philippines ... he married while he was on R & R. He died 33 days before his rotation date.
I have more pictures of him together with the machine team and would like to share them with others who remember Shelby Carter.
From a close friend in Vietnam,
I served with Carter, he was in Guns and I was in Alpha Squad. Carter and I been through a lot and Carter married a girl I loved. If I had only done a better job of being a Marine my friend would be alive today. If I could I'd give my life for his and a few others today and every day since May 1970.
To his Family, I'm so so sorry! I don't asked to be forgiven, I don't want to be. I have nightmares about Schrader and Carter even today. I weep daily for my friends, I know they're in a better place than where I'll be going.
Semper Fi! My Brothers!
Shelby and I grew up together in central Louisiana near the small town of Dry Prong. Shelby and I were very close, spending many of our summers together, camping, fishing, and working in the hay fields. His Mother ran a small general store in the village of Williana, where Shelby and I spent many hours sitting outside the store on a bread-box, making our plans on becoming Marines, after watching Richard Widmark in the movie "Halls of Montezuma". Shelby was a good friend and I miss him.
A Note from The Virtual WallGolf Company, 2/1 Marines, lost two men on 08 May 1970:
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a close friend in Vietnam,
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
Last updated 03/05/2004