Virginia Heroes

Shelby Gleason Hensley

Specialist 4, Army

Hometown: Wythe County, VA
Served In: Vietnam
Casualty Date: February 10, 1971
Died In: Dinh Tuong Province, South Vietnam
Awards: National Defense Service Medal, Purple Heart, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal

SP4 Hensley served as a field illumination crewman in H Battery, 29th Artillery, 1st Aviation Brigade. He was killed by hostile action in the vicinity of Cai Lay. He graduated in 1964 from Rural Retreat High School, in Rural Retreat, Virginia. Known as “Shag” to his friends, he was honored in 1969 as the outstanding graduate of the Fourth Combat Support Training Brigade’s instructor training course with a certificate of achievement at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He was described as “well rounded in his military skills,” trained as a medic, and Air Borne qualified.

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