James Harvey SheltonSecond Lieutenant
F CO, 2ND BN, 1ST MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
16 October 1930 - 21 April 1967
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The database page for James Harvey Shelton
James Shelton was my father. If anyone knew him or has any information or pictures of him please feel free to contact me at the e-mail given below.
From his daughter,
A Note from The Virtual WallFox Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, manned an outpost on a hill at Nui Loc Son, running daily (and nightly) patrols to deny the valley below to the enemy.
On 21 Apr 1967, most of the company set out on a daylight patrol that took them into the village of Binh Son. As the Marines approached across the rice paddies they were ambushed by a dug-in VC Main Force battalion that enjoyed a clear line of fire across level land with little cover ... Fox 2/1 had run into a hornet's nest. Fourteen Marines were killed and 18 others wounded early in the fight, which continued until other elements of the 1st Marines and the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, arrived and flanked the VC from their fortifications.
By the time Fox 2/1 was relieved they had lost 28 men - 29, actually, including artillery Forward Observer Corporal Eddie Austin (B Btry, 1/11 Marines). India and Mike Companies, 3/1 Marines, lost 13 more as they cleared Binh Son.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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