82nd Airborne Division (Vietnam) Golden Brigade – Vietnam 1968 – 1969

June 2, 2015

Taps – John Shields

Category: All Messages,Taps – Ron Yorkovich – 9:30 am


John R. Shields of Kenilworth, N.J., passed away on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 with his loving family at his side, after a seven-year battle with cancer. He was 65 years old. Services for Mr. Shields were held on  Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at the Opacity Funeral Home, 511 Washington Ave., Kenilworth. Interment followed at Forest Green Memorial Cemetery in Morganville, N.J. Please visit www.opacityfuneralhome.com to sign his guest book and to leave a personal condolence to the family. Born in Summit, N.J., John previously resided in Edison, N.J., and Lakewood, N.J. John proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970. He served with C 1/508, 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division in Vietnam. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart, and other military commendations, leaving with the rank of sergeant. He worked 20-plus years at Lindeman Buick, and was also employed at Pine Belt Chevy and Elizabeth Olds. A diehard Mets fan, John also enjoyed woodworking and gifting his projects to family members. He loved his Corvette and motorcycles, warm weather and Pepsi, crosswords and dahlias. His family, friends, and neighbors will remember that he was always there to help anyone who asked. John is survived by his mother, Lena, and was predeceased by his father, Elton E. Shields. He is survived by his brothers, William (Bill), Elton and wife, Debbie, Frank and wife, Carol, and his sisters, Sue Swigunski, Annette and husband, Guy Haddix, Nancy Rademacher, and Joan and partner, Jackie. John is also survived by 16 nieces and nephews. To the best son and brother anyone could have asked for, Thank You and God Bless You always. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Disabled American Veterans, I.D. Harris Chapter 40, c/o Cmdr Robert House, 845 Inwood Road, Union, N.J. 07083 would be appreciated.


  1. so long john i know you are in heaven because you served you,r time in hell along with the rest of us i miss not getting to see you or write after we got back your friend always wayne barlow C/1/508. airborne all the way.

    Comment by wayne barlow — June 2, 2015 @ 9:25 am

  2. I didn’t know John, but this is still very upsetting. For the last 25 years we lived no more than 5 miles apart. I used to take my car for service where he worked – just a mile away.

    We need to find and stay in touch with our brothers!

    Comment by Ron Yorkovich — June 2, 2015 @ 9:30 am

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