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David Lee Shellabarger


I grew up in Dayton, OH and later moved to Englewood, Oh in the 8th grade. I attended Northmont HS. I attended Lindsey Wilson College for two years. I was drafted in May of 1968. I reported to Fort Polk, LA for basic training and AIT. I was assigned to Fort Gordon, GA, Medical Company in the fall of 1968. I served in the Registrar's Office of the base hospital. My MOS was a clerk typist. In early 1969, I received orders for Viet Nam. However, due to my job, I was taken off of orders for Nam. I stayed at Fort Gordon until my discharge in May 1970. When I processed out through Personnel, they advised me that they had made a mistake, indicating that I should have been put back on orders for Nam several months after being removed from the initial Nam orders. Whether it was fate or not, I met my future wife shortly after being removed from the Nam orders. We have been married for 51 years and have three daughters and seven grandchildren. Many times I wonder how I managed to avoid going to Viet Nam. I pray for those families who lost loved ones during the war and those veterans who were injured/wounded during the war. God Bless our Viet Nam veterans.

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