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is honored on Panel 2E, Line 60 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 7/21/17 - by Dennis Wriston
    Second Lieutenant Dale K. Shambaugh, Served with Company L, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, Third Marine Amphibious Force.
  • The Lt was my CO

    Posted on 10/20/14 - by Bruce Koch USMC
    Lt Shambaugh was my CO Lima Co 3/7 we were helicoptered off the USS Iwo Jima the morning of Aug 18th > the mission was called ‘Operation Starlite’ (the first major offensive during the Vietnam War) > the Co took enemy fire while we were the middle of a paddy. I took a mortar frag to my chest. All total five members of Lima Co were KIA that afternoon. DB Koch >
  • Just a remembrance

    Posted on 7/10/14 - by Darillyn Lamb Starr
    I didn't know Dale, but I've been going through looking for Marines who were killed in Operation Starlite. I don't see anything that says Operation Starlite, but the date is right and I'm pretty sure there wasn't much else going on, at that point in time. My dad was a Capt. and CO of a tank company. He came back safe and sound, thankfully.

    It breaks my heart to see the photos of these young men. Dale, and many of the others, were among the sharpest men we had, in America. They should still be here, enjoying their retirement, not have been gone for nearly 50 years.

    I wish there was more that I could do, but the best I can do is to remember them. Right now, I am remembering Dale Shambaugh. Thanks to the remembrances of two of his friends, I know that he was a left-handed high school quarterback, and went through Navy ROTC!

    I won't ever forget these men!
  • Close college friend

    Posted on 5/26/14 - by Phil Wilkes
    Dale and I pledged Triangle Fraternity at the University of Kansas at the same time and went through "Hell Week" and initiation together. We became very close friends and were roommates one year. We also double-dated together. We both enrolled in Navy ROTC. Dale had a scholarship. At the end of our sophomore year, Dale elected to go Marine option and he graduated in 1964 with a B.S. in Mathematics. I took two years longer to graduate and was commissioned an Ensign in the Navy. I served as Assistant Engineering Officer aboard a destroyer in the Tonkin Gulf in 1968, supporting land and air operations. As I stood watches on the bridge of our ship when we were close to the coastline of South Vietnam and I could clearly see the beaches and jungle, I would often think about Dale.

    Dale was very smart and a good athlete. He was somewhat quiet, never boasted, and had a good sense of humor. I attended his funeral in August of 1965 in North Topeka. There was standing room only at the funeral home and a huge crowd (I assume many of his high school friend) at the graveside services. The Marine Corps conducted the burial ceremony (gun salute and taps). Everyone was crying. I will never forget that day. I have gone to his gravesite several times on Memorial Day, including today (2014), and placed a flag there. He is buried next to his parents and they share a common gravestone. Rochester Cemetery is a beautiful, quiet place.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 12/20/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear 2LT Dale K Shambaugh, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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