Marvin Shields memorial placard stolen

Posted 5/8/19

The memorial on Sims way commemorating the service of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Marvin Shields has been defaced. At an unknown point in the past few months, a person or persons removed the bronze placard adorning a large stone, said Andy Okinczyc, American Legion Marvin G. Shields Memorial Post 26 past commander.

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Marvin Shields memorial placard stolen

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The memorial on Sims way commemorating the service of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Marvin Shields has been defaced. At an unknown point in the past few months, a person or persons removed the bronze placard adorning a large stone, said Andy Okinczyc, American Legion Marvin G. Shields Memorial Post 26 past commander.

“It was stolen and the place has been vandalized repeatedly.”

The memorial site is owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Shields is the only “Seabee: (member of the construction battalions of the Civil Engineer Corps of the US Navy) to earn the Medal of Honor. He was a Construction Mechanic 3rd Class who was born in 1939 in Port Townsend, according to the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum. He joined the Navy in 1962.

In 1965 Shields deployed to Vietnam as part of MCB 11’s Seabee Team 1104 to build and improve the military headquarters and compound in Ððng Xoài, near Saigon.

On June 9, Viet Cong insurgents breached the camp defenses, surrounding the Americans and their Allies. For nearly three hours, Shields supplied fellow Americans with ammunition, returned enemy fire, assisted in carrying critically wounded men to safety despite being wounded himself, and then resumed his gun post for another four hours.

Shields sustained fatal injuries and died on June 10 during a helicopter evacuation.

The Vietnamese government awarded Marvin Shields the Vietnamese Order of Gallantry with Palm and the Military Merit Medal posthumously.

President Lyndon B. Johnson posthumously presented Shields’ Medal of Honor to his wife, Joan, and their young daughter, Barbara, in a White House ceremony held on September 13, 1966.

Shields’ Gardiner gravesite remains undisturbed and unforgotten.

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Gene

Great article, in today’s world it’s nice to see this got reported on!

I hope they catch the @*&#^!s that did this!!!

But one thing you should know, you do not “earn the Medal of Honor” it is Awarded for service, heroism and gallantry above and beyond the call of duty!!!

Monday, May 13