JOHN R ENSELL
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HONORED ON PANEL 29E, LINE 40 OF THE WALL

JOHN ROBERT ENSELL

WALL NAME

JOHN R ENSELL

PANEL / LINE

29E/40

DATE OF BIRTH

07/28/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH LONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/07/1967

HOME OF RECORD

STEUBENVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Jefferson County

STATE

OH

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOHN ROBERT ENSELL
POSTED ON 5.9.2022

Final Mission of SP4 John R. Ensell

Operation Shenandoah II was a security operation from September 29 to November 19, 1967, conducted by the U.S. Army’s 1st and 3rd Brigades, 1st Infantry Division, to secure and repair Highway QL-13 and cut enemy infiltration routes into III Corps from Cambodia. On the eighth day of the operation, the 3rd Brigade's 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment moved to a firebase northeast of Loc Ninh in Binh Long Province, RVN, and began probing east towards where the Viet Cong 272nd Regiment was believed in the area. The following morning, November 7th, with Company A remaining to guard the firebase, the rest of 1/26 Infantry left to patrol a dirt road bordered by a rubber plantation near Srok Rung, five miles northeast of Loc Ninh. At 1:05 PM, the column entered the rubber trees and chased some enemy combatants into a U-shaped ambush. Camouflaged North Vietnamese Army (NVA) soldiers were hidden high in trees and in ground-level brush. Their initial barrage of rocket-propelled grenades killed the entire 1/26 command element, including Battalion Commander LTC Arthur D. Stigall, and disabled most of their radios. On the road, small arms and machine gun fire raked the rest of the column. Eighteen Americans were killed and twenty-two were wounded; a Vietnamese interpreter was also killed. Company D, at the rear of the column, maneuvered to prevent the NVA from outflanking them. Its commander assumed temporary command of the battalion, calling in air and artillery strikes to cover the unit as it withdrew to a more defensible position. After an hour of fighting, the NVA broke contact. The lost Americans included Stigall (posthumously awarded Distinguished Service Cross and promoted to Colonel), PFC Larry C. Banks, SP4 Lawrence W. Barkley, SP4 Billie J. Barnett Jr., SP4 James R. Brown, PFC Walter C. Bunyea Jr., PSG George D. Clayton (posthumously awarded Silver Star medal), CPT Michael D. Cochran, SP4 John R. Ensell, 1LT Terry A. Hendricks (posthumously awarded Bronze Star medal), SGT Charles E. Long, SGT Ronald H. Payne (posthumously awarded Bronze Star medal), 1SG Pascal C. Poolaw Sr. (posthumously awarded Silver Star medal), PFC Ronald G. Stoltenow, SP4 Robert F. Stryker (posthumously awarded Medal of Honor), SP4 Clarence L. Shaw, (posthumously awarded Distinguished Service Cross), SP4 Larry E. Turner, and SP4 John E. Young. Enemy dead was reported at sixty-six (by body count). [Taken from virtualwall.org and “ARMY 1967 1st Brigade 1st Infantry Div AAR” at ttu.edu]
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POSTED ON 7.22.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

Never Forgotten

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 7.23.2020
POSTED BY: ANON

Never forgotten

On the remembrance of your birthday, your sacrifice is not forgotten.

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 5.23.2020
POSTED BY: Franklin P Ensell Jr

Greatly Missed

He was my cousin, but more like my older. Missed him greatly all these years. Rest in peace cuz.
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POSTED ON 11.29.2019
POSTED BY: Charley Joyce C Co 1/5 Cavalry, First Cavalry 1970-71

Steubenville Hero

Johnny. We were neighborhood buddies who both served in Vietnam. I will never forget you and especially remember when you visited my family on Fifth Street before you left for Vietnam.
Rest easy my brother
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