Eakin, Shelton Lee, 2ndLt
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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
0302-Infantry Officer
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Last Unit
1966-1967, 0302, 1st Recon Bn
Service Years
1951 - 1966

Second Lieutenant

 
 

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Home State
Arkansas
Arkansas
Year of Birth
1935
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Texarkana
Last Address
Texarkana

Casualty Date
Jul 27, 1966
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Quang Tri
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
09E 079

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 Unit Assignments
MCRD San Diego, CANAB Coronado CAMarine Barracks Washington DC, 8th & I1st Recon Bn
  1956-1957, MCRD San Diego, CA
  1961-1962, 0326, NAB Coronado CA
  1964-1967, 0311, Marine Barracks Washington DC, 8th & I
  1966-1967, 0302, 1st Recon Bn
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  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
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Last Known Activity
Col Don Price USMC Ret. pentrem@aol.com served with him A Marine's Marine I served with then GySgt Eakin at Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado CA in the early 60's. He was an instructor in the recon school at the Landing Force Training Command. Tall, physically fit, and highly motivated, he was as handsome as a recruiting poster model. He was respected by everyone who came in contact with him. The Corps saw his potential, and made him an officer during the war. I understand he was killed by a mine while leading his troops out of a helo and off of a hot insertion LZ. Monday, May 17, 1999 A Note from The Virtual Wall From the MAG-36 Command Chronology for July 1966: "On the morning of 27 July, four UH-34D's from HMM-364, two UHlE's froia VMO-6 and two A-4's from MAG-12 attempted to insert a 20 man team fron the 1st Recon Bn at BT 164201. The landing was made near a frequently used LZ. A land nine was detonated by the team as they departed the aircraft. The blast produced 8 casualties: 5 members of the recon team and 3 members of the arcraft [crew]. The mission was aborted and the flight returned to KY HA. All the casualties were taken to 1st Med Bn. Examination of the aircraft after it returned to KY HA revealed approximately 500 schrapnel [sic] holes in the fuselage." 2ndLt Eakin appears to have the only fatality among the eight men injured by the mine.
   
Comments/Citation
Shelton Lee Eakin Second Lieutenant PERSONAL DATA Home of Record: Texarkana, Arkansas Date of birth: Sunday, 02/17/1935 MILITARY DATA Service: Marine Corps (Regular) Grade at loss: O1 Rank: Second Lieutenant ID No: 096591 MOS: 0302 Infantry Officer LenSvc: Between 14 and 15 years Unit: D CO, 1ST RECON BN, 1ST MARDIV CASUALTY DATA Start Tour: Not recorded Cas Date: Wednesday, 07/27/1966 Age at Loss: 31 Remains: Body Recovered Location: Quang Tin, South Vietnam Type: Hostile, Died Of Wounds Reason: Other Explosive Device - Ground Casualty ON THE WALL Panel 09E Line 079


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