Shank, John Bernard


Rank: Specialist 4

Unit: Headquarters & Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 67A – Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Unit awards: Valorous Unit Award, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 12-Jun-1948

Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Start of tour: 7-Jul-1967

Incident date: 6-Mar-1968

Date of casualty: 6-Mar-1968

Age at death: 19

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Grenade. Multiple fragmentation wounds.
John B. Shank died from wound received while on combat operation when attacked by hostile force. / (Individual transported to 7th Surgical Hospital, Blackhorse base camp, Long Giao.)

Five Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
PFC Charles Henry Batozynski
SP4 Jerry Allen Beatty
SP4 Floyd McFadden
SP4 John Bernard Shank
CPT Gregory Kent Whitehouse

Location of fatality: Long Khanh, South Vietnam, YS 433 943*

Place of interment: Rosehill Cemetery, Menlo, Iowa, USA

View this soldier‘s Find a Grave page (opens in a new window)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 43E 034 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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