James Francis SchieleStaff Sergeant
B CO, 1ST BN, 12TH INFANTRY, 4 INF DIV
Army of the United States
11 October 1946 - 27 March 1978
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The database page for James Francis Schiele
I have proudly worn his MIA bracelet for years and feel I know him personally.
E-mail address is not available.
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 12 July 1967, the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry, was engaged in the Ia Drang Valley by a battalion or larger force from the 66th NVA Regiment. When engaged, the 1/12's three rifle companies were physically separated, allowing the enemy force to attack the companies individually - B Company and C Company were isolated and taken under attack. Although C Company suffered only minor losses (5 wounded and none killed), B Company took heavy losses.
When the fighting ended seven US soldiers could not be located. Six years later, five of them returned from North Vietnamese POW camps, but two did not. SP4 James F. Schiele is believed to have died in captivity; his body has not been recovered.
Additional information and a full listing of the casualties is on
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 03 Apr 2008
Last updated 08/10/2009