Veteran Memorial: Staff Sgt. Jerold Jerome Shelton

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Staff Sgt. Jerold Jerome Shelton 

Jerold Jerome Shelton was born Oct. 27, 1947, in Cullman County. He was the son of Ms. Luesyble Shelton. By the time he finished high school, he had moved with his family to Samford, Connecticut.  

After high school, Shelton was drafted and served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant (E6) and was in Company B, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment (The Golden Dragons), 25th Infantry Division.  

On Jan. 28, 1969, Shelton was killed by small-arms fire while on patrol in the Hua Nghia Province, South Vietnam. He was just 21 years old and engaged to be married to Mary Brooks upon his return.  

Staff Sgt. Jerold Jerome Shelton received the Purple Heart and is memorialized on the National Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. – Panel 33w, Line 10. He is buried in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Colony and memorialized on the Cullman Veterans Memorial Wall. 

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