VIETNAM - SHEPHERD, BLAINE JOSEPH

Shepherd, Blaine Joseph

VIETNAM - SHEPHERD, BLAINE JOSEPH
SHEPHERD, BLAINE JOSEPH

Rank: Specialist 5

Unit: Headquarters & Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 67N – Utility Helicopter Repairer

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal with Valor Device, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

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

Note: UH-1C, Tail # 66-00523, Crew Chief

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 12-May-1947

Hometown: Thistle, Utah

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Start of tour: 1-Aug-1967

Incident date: 29-Sep-1968

Date of casualty: 29-Sep-1968

Age at death: 21

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Helicopter Crash — Crew (MC). Aircraft loss, crash not at sea.
Blaine Joseph Shepherd died from wounds received while crew chief on military aircraft on reconnaissance mission when aircraft received hostile ground fire, crashed but did not burn.

Four Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
WO Jerry Lee Harris
SP4 John James Matuska
WO William Paul Rollins
SP5 Blaine Joseph Shepherd

Location of fatality: Long Khanh, South Vietnam

Place of interment: Evergreen Cemetery, Springville, Utah, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 42W 043 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

AIR MEDAL

AIR MEDAL
WITH VALOR DEVICE

SPECIALIST FOUR BLAINE JOSEPH SHEPHERD
24 JANUARY 1968
AIR CAVALRY TROOP

11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Specialist Four Shepherd distinguished himself on the evening of 24 January 1968, while serving as a Helicopter Door Gunner with a light fire team of the Air Cavalry Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, on a combat mission in search of a previously sighted hostile force in the vicinity of Loc Ninh, Vietnam. Observing several enemy soldiers, Specialist Shepherd immediately directed accurate machine gun fire on them and succeeded in killing five. Despite a wound suffered during the ensuing conflict, Specialist Shepherd continued to provide devastating fire on the enemy positions, destroying much equipment and contributing significantly to the team’s total of ten enemy killed and numerous others wounded. Specialist Four Shepherd’s heroic actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division General Orders No. 4712 (14 June 1968)

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