MCPO Jack Shimizu

2017-8-11 Shimizu

November 1969, after riverine warfare training in Vallejo, California; I detached and reported to rivers quadrant 13 in Vietnam in December 1969. I was reassigned to river division 131, located in the Mekong delta. The Home base was called Sea float/solid anchor, our home base is located in the middle of the San Cua Long River by South China Sea. Our mission is to patrol the river for enemy forces transiting the river. Therefore at night, we provide fire support. I was assigned as the boat captain in monitor patrol boat, code name M-2. The weapons on the M-2 consists of the 105 howitzer canon with the twin 50 caliber machine gun mounted on top of the howitzer, and with a 20 millimeter gun and numerous M-16 machine gun and small arms. we engaged the enemy daily and I was wounded in December 1970 while on patrol. Then I was medevac’d to a field hospital in Bien Theue and then to a medical hospital in Saigon. I was eventually transferred to the US Naval Hospital on Guam. I joined the US Navy July 1957 and retired July 1985 as a Master chief petty officer. I am from Dededo, Guam and married to the former Teresita A. Quintanilla and seven children.

We honor you, Jack Shimizu.

(#Repost @National Purple Heart Hall of Honor)

Terry Cain


Terry served eighteen years, 1976-1994. Terry maintained and transported nuclear weapons on ballistic submarines and had shore duty at ATK. Terry volunteers much time at The American Legion where he holds leadership positions and gives dance lessons to its members.

We honor you, Terry Cain.

(Submission written by: Lisa Mead, American Legion Post 112)

Robert Montoya


Navy, 1965-1971.

Robert served as a Yeoman – Clerk. He served the engineering department. He was stationed up and down the East Coast and Key West, FL.

We honor you, Robert Montoya.

(Submission written by: Lisa Mead, American Legion Post 112)

PFC Hansen B. Kirkpatrick

2017-7-22 Kirkpatrick

Died July 3, 2017 Serving during Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

19, of Wasilla, AK, died July 3, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, from wounds received during an indirect fire attack. The incident is under investigation.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, TX.

We honor you, Hansen Kirkpatrick.

(Submission by: Ninzel Rasmuson. Repost @Military Times

Norman Williams

2017-7-12 Williams

Marine Corps: 1970 – 1973

Navy: 1985 – 2000

Air Force: 2000 – 2008

Norm was stationed at Camp Pendleton where he was a Tank Operator M48A1’s.

Norm also spent some time in Adak, Alaska where he worked as a chaser. During Norm’s time in the Navy, he was part of the Construction Battalion. Norm served a tour in Iraq with the Air Force in the Red Horse Unit (SeeBees). He spent some time in Korea where he earned the Korean Service Medal also. Norm wears a subdued flag on his Legion Riders post 112 vest of which he is currently an active member.

We honor you, Norman Williams.

(Submission written by: Lisa Mead, American Legion Post 112)

LCDR Sharolyn Walcutt

2017-7-8 Walcutt

Sharolyn served in the Vietnam War from 1963-1969. She served with the USS Repose (AH 16) as a part of the Navy Nurse Corps. Sharolyn was in St. Albans, New York; Oakland, California (Oaknoll Naval Hospital); and Vietnam.

Stationed on the Repose, a hospital ship anchored off the coast of Vietnam, Sharolyn Walcutt was among the first group of nurses to serve in Vietnam, arriving in 1965. The war was something that was close enough to sometimes see and hear and yet the Repose was a kind of refuge, too. Following her one-year stint, Walcutt literally saw the world, taking the long way back to the States through India, the Middle East, and Europe. Walcutt formed many close, long-running relationships from her days aboard the Repose.

We honor you, Sharolyn Walcutt.

(#Repost @vetshistoryproject)