Spc4 shrum


  • Branch: Army
  • Hometown/City: BOWLING GREEN, KY
  • Date of Birth: 08-08-1946
  • Date of Death: 01-31-1968
  • Conflict: Vietnam
  • Unit: 557th Military Police Company
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    Specialist Fourth Class Leon J. Shrum was born in 1946 in Logan County, Kentucky. He joined the Army in May 1966 and was deployed to Vietnam in May 1967 as a member of the 557th Military Police Company. Specialist Fourth Class Shrum distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action on 31 January 1968 while helping to defend the city of My Tho against the Viet Cong lunar new year offensive. When a friendly reconnaissance party was savagely ambushed and pinned down at an intersection by a larger enemy element, Specialist Fourth Class Shrum volunteered to carry a supply of machine gun ammunition to their location. He dashed across two hundred and fifty meters of bullet-swept open ground to reach the friendly forces. He was mortally wounded while gallantly aiding the beleaguered troops to repel the determined enemy attacks. Specialist Fourth Class Shrum was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his heroic actions. On 15 April 2016, the 14th Military Police Brigade memorialized Specialist Fourth Class Shrum by naming the 787th Military Police Dining Facility in his honor. His heroic actions will be read by thousands of Military Police Trainees every year as they pass through the dining facility.

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