25, 1945 – Marine Lieutenant Jerry J. Shields, 7036 East End Avenue, Chicago,
a forward observer with a 5th Marine Division Field Artillery Unit, took
part in the battle on Iwo Jima.
Lieutenant Shields, a student at the University
of Illinois before entering the service, was in the front lines near Mount
Suribachi when he spotted Japs behind a huge rock. He gave the alarm
and the Leathernecks did the rest. Lieutenant Shields spent five
days in the front lines until Mount Suribachi was secured.
WASHINGTON, D. C. March 30, 1945 – Acting for the
Army and Navy, the Office of War Information today made public a casualty
list including the names of Navy men killed, wounded and missing in action
and held prisoner. The list includes 346 men from Chicago and vicinity.
The next of kin have been kept informed of any changes in the status of
casualties since this report was compiled.
NAVY DEAD: Shields, Jerry J. Second Lieutenant,
USMCR – Son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Shields, 7036 East End Avenue, Chicago.
WASHINGTON – March 20, 1948 – More than 3,000 bodies
of Americans who died in the fighting for Pacific islands were announced
today as being aboard the United States Army transport Walter W. Schwenk,
due at San Francisco Monday. Of the 3,295 bodies which are being
returned from Saipan and Honolulu, 193 were returned at instruction from
next-of-kin residing in Illinois.
Following is a list of Illinois bodies:
Shields, Jerry J. – 7036 East End Avenue, Chicago.
University of Illinois At Urbana Vetarans Memorial
Jerry Jay Shields of Chicago, Illinois
World War II
Years Attended: 1943
College: Liberal Arts & Sciences
Service Branch: Marines
Date of Birth: 6/24/1923
Date of Death: 2/26/1945
Lieutenant Shields was killed in action on
SHIELDS, Jerry J., Second Lieuenant, USMCR.
Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul H. Shields, 7036 East End Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.
SHIELDS, JERRY JAY
2ND LT USMC
DATE OF BIRTH: 06/24/1923
DATE OF DEATH: 02/21/1945
BURIED AT: SECTION 12 SITE 6575
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
26 July 2008