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Vietnam Vet In Famous Photo Dies
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Posted on 12/27/2005 3:54:33 PM PST by lunarbicep

Another South Dakota soldier has died. But he was a veteran of another war in another time. If you don't recall the name, Perry Shinneman, there's a good chance you'll recognize a photograph of him.

Vietnam. It was America's longest war and most controversial. Not only did we lose over 58,000 dead, there were three times that many wounded including 30-year-old Marine Lance Corporal, Perry Shinneman of Sioux Falls.

He'd already been awarded a purple heart after being injured in battle but his war came to an end in 1966 near DaNang when he was nearly ripped in half by a Viet Cong booby trap. After four months in the hospital, and minus one leg, he arrived home on a rainy day where he was greeted by his wife, Shirley.

Perry Shinneman said, (2004) "She came running out and I grabbed her and when I grabbed her, my crutch fell so I hung on."

The emotional and poignant moment was captured on film by Argus Leader photographer, Ray Mews. It was soon circulating in magazines and newspapers all over the world and came to symbolize the whole Vietnam experience. It also made Shinneman something of a reluctant celebrity.

Perry Shinneman, said, (2004) "This is what they tried to portray me as the big war hero and i'm not. I was just one of the injured."

Schinneman went on to serve a long career in corrections and was a tireless volunteer at the Vet's center. Eight years ago the other person in the picture, his beloved Shirley, died of a heart attack. In the years since, he's suffered several health setbacks including a broken pelvis after a fall in late October, congestive heart failure in November.

And this last Sunday, Christmas day, with his daughter, Shayleen at his hospital bedside, Perry Shinneman, died of pulmonary fibrosis. He was 70 years old.

Shinneman eventually became comfortable with his famous photograph especially after learning just how many people had been inspired by it. Perhaps he realized too that it was a part of him that will live forever.

Funeral services for Perry Shinneman will be 1:30 Thursday at the Chapel Hill Funeral home in Sioux Falls.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: South Dakota
KEYWORDS: obituary; purpleheart; vietnamveteran
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R.I.P. and God bless you brave soldier

1 posted on 12/27/2005 3:54:34 PM PST by lunarbicep
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To: lunarbicep

He was a hero after all.

Ooorah!


2 posted on 12/27/2005 3:57:07 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: lunarbicep

Marines are not soldiers.


3 posted on 12/27/2005 3:59:03 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (We're just sitting here on the Group W bench.)
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To: lunarbicep

Rest with the Lord.


4 posted on 12/27/2005 3:59:15 PM PST by Khurkris ("Hell, I was there"...Elmer Keith.)
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To: lunarbicep

Very touching. He sounds like a good man. God bless his family.


5 posted on 12/27/2005 3:59:47 PM PST by steelcurtain
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To: lunarbicep

I don't remember ever seeing that photo before. It's incredible!

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To the shores of Tripoli,
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land, and sea.
First to fight for right and freedom,
And to keep our honor clean,
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marines.

Our flag's unfurl'd to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in every clime and place
Where we could take a gun.
In the snow of far-off northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes,
You will find us always on the job
The United States Marines.

Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we've fought for life
And never lost our nerve.
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.


7 posted on 12/27/2005 4:00:26 PM PST by MarineBrat (Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand.)
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To: lunarbicep
Shinneman eventually became comfortable with his famous photograph

He should be comfortable with it. God bless him and his family.

8 posted on 12/27/2005 4:00:59 PM PST by SittinYonder (That's how I saw it, and see it still.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

Sometimes, like this, it doesn't matter ......


9 posted on 12/27/2005 4:02:12 PM PST by HoustonCurmudgeon (I will not support evil just because "It's the Law.")
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To: Clemenza

Bite me, and this was the wrong thread to say that.


10 posted on 12/27/2005 4:02:26 PM PST by RaceBannon ((Prov 28:1 KJV) The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.)
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To: RaceBannon

RIP to a great Marine.


11 posted on 12/27/2005 4:03:35 PM PST by Clemenza (Smartest words ever written by a Communist: "Show me the way to the next Whiskey Bar")
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To: Clemenza

You're in big, big trouble now! Suit up!


12 posted on 12/27/2005 4:04:08 PM PST by ErnBatavia (I post in slang..live with it or ignore it - reader's choice.)
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To: lunarbicep

God bless his soul.


13 posted on 12/27/2005 4:04:18 PM PST by Zeon Cowboy (.blogspot.com)
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To: lunarbicep
"This is what they tried to portray me as the big war hero and i'm not. I was just one of the injured."

Real heroes don't brag. They just do what needs to be done and go on.

14 posted on 12/27/2005 4:04:55 PM PST by barker (Santa, I can explain.....)
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To: lunarbicep

I will make him an honorary member of our members of the "Big Hanger in the Sky" at www.longthanhnorthaaf.com. RIP Brother


15 posted on 12/27/2005 4:05:56 PM PST by RVN Airplane Driver (Most Americans are so spoiled with freedom they have no idea what it takes to earn and keep it.)
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To: Clemenza
"No, but they are closet homosexuals.

Squids rule! "


16 posted on 12/27/2005 4:07:31 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Clemenza

For you.

17 posted on 12/27/2005 4:07:43 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: steelcurtain
Very touching.He sounds like a good man.God bless his family.

He certainly does sound like an exceptional guy.But then,his wife certainly sounds like an exceptional woman as well.Her having stuck with him is,IMO,an act of true love *and* bravery.

May they both rest with God!

18 posted on 12/27/2005 4:07:51 PM PST by Gay State Conservative
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To: lunarbicep

Thanks for posting this.
During the "end of the millenium" time period, I browsed a "century of
photographs" website (by AP?).
There were some fantastic photos...but this was the keeper.
And lacking much caption, I always wondered what happened to the couple.


19 posted on 12/27/2005 4:08:31 PM PST by VOA
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To: Clemenza

Tacky!!!


20 posted on 12/27/2005 4:09:26 PM PST by lonestar (Me, too--Weinie)
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To: Clemenza
There are time one should just keep their mouth shut, you missed an opportunity.
21 posted on 12/27/2005 4:10:41 PM PST by HoustonCurmudgeon (I will not support evil just because "It's the Law.")
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To: lunarbicep

Marine, not soldier.


22 posted on 12/27/2005 4:12:48 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Clemenza

"No, but they are closet homosexuals.
"Squids rule!"

What a genuinely sensitive human being you
are. Thank you for being born and for being
such a great gift to humanity. You couldn't
have posted a more appropriate response in
such a time as this--and all to show what a
marvelous wit and sense of humor you have.
Please tell you parents and your family "thank
you" from all of us. If you EVER need anything
from any of us, please let us know. I'm sure
we all are grateful that you would simply call
on us to meet the needs of one of the great human
beings of the world.


(I have not served. My tagline honors my son and my cousin.)


23 posted on 12/27/2005 4:13:08 PM PST by righttackle44 (The most dangerous weapon in the world is a Marine with his rifle and the American people behind him)
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To: RaceBannon

Thank God for the Moderator. I was about to be profane in a personal attack there and threaten some violence.

Thank you Moderator for helping keep me on the good side.


24 posted on 12/27/2005 4:13:52 PM PST by 308MBR (Not only older, but bolder. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.)
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To: lunarbicep; Admin Moderator; All

Please repost this thread so that all comments can be erased that are here.

Tell the Moderator that is why you reposted the thread.


25 posted on 12/27/2005 4:17:36 PM PST by RaceBannon ((Prov 28:1 KJV) The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.)
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To: lunarbicep

God Bless our Vietnam Vets


26 posted on 12/27/2005 4:18:29 PM PST by vigilante2 (proud parent of a soldier)
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To: lunarbicep

I respectfully disgree with him, he was indeed a hero. I've never seen that photo before. God bless and keep him. He's finally back with his wife in a better place.


27 posted on 12/27/2005 4:19:11 PM PST by cake_crumb (Leftist Credo: One Wing to Rule them All and to the Darkside Bind them)
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To: lunarbicep
Soldier rest, Gently pressed,
To the calm, Mother Earth's
Waiting breast;
Duty done, Like the sun:
Going West.


SEMPER FI MARINE

28 posted on 12/27/2005 4:22:42 PM PST by Dubya (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but by me)
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To: lunarbicep

BUMP!


29 posted on 12/27/2005 4:23:24 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: lunarbicep

GOD BLESS he and his wife.


30 posted on 12/27/2005 4:27:55 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: dd5339; Vic3O3

USMC ping
(must be some dust or something in the air)


31 posted on 12/27/2005 4:37:11 PM PST by cavtrooper21 (No snappy tagline ideas available at this time... Please try again later.)
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To: lunarbicep

I remember watching, live on TV, the homecoming of the first group of POW's from Vietnam. I sat there and just cried for joy the entire time, after laughing at what the families of the soldiers did. If I'm remembering correctly, after having to listen to some politician bloviating for a bit, one of the POW's had to make a statement, but while he was doing that, the families just started running for their husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons. It was a wonderful chaos, and exactly what those men needed.


32 posted on 12/27/2005 4:37:13 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: lunarbicep

Rest in peace brother. Tell God to send more like you, we need them.

Prayers and condolences to your family.


33 posted on 12/27/2005 4:46:14 PM PST by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: lunarbicep

BTTT


34 posted on 12/27/2005 4:52:20 PM PST by indcons
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To: Past Your Eyes
Marines are not soldiers.

Only true in a very narrow sense. I always find it awkward to hear Marines called soldiers, but in only a slightly broader sense of the word, they are.

Besides, the modern Marine Corps functions as light assault infantry. They don't stand in the halyards and fire muskets at the capt'n on the deck of the enemy ship.

35 posted on 12/27/2005 5:13:18 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: 'Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS: Fake But Accurate, Experts Say.')
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
"I always find it awkward to hear Marines called soldiers"

Me, too. That's why I posted what I did. Ain't trying to be snotty or nuthin. The average person may not know that. Since I was both a Marine in the USMC and a soldier in the U.S. Army, I have a little bit of knowledge on the subject. Marines shouldn't be called soldiers any more than sailors or airmen are, no matter what their function was.

36 posted on 12/27/2005 5:20:51 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (We're just sitting here on the Group W bench.)
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To: lunarbicep
"R.I.P. and God bless you brave soldier"

Thank you for you post.....but this fellow was a U.S. Marine,
not a soldier. I mean no disrespect to the U.S. Army, but the
marines are a department of the U.S. Navy. Once a Marine always a Marine.

God Bless this fine Marine and his family....Semper Fi(Always Faithful)
37 posted on 12/27/2005 5:31:07 PM PST by ed1340
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To: ed1340; Past Your Eyes; Lonesome in Massachussets; A.A. Cunningham
Marines are not soldiers.

Thank you for pointing this out to me. I have learned something new. I have the greatest respect and appreciation for all members of our armed services and always wish to address appropriately.

38 posted on 12/27/2005 5:45:02 PM PST by lunarbicep (There is something about a closet that makes a skeleton terribly restless.)
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To: ed1340; Past Your Eyes; Lonesome in Massachussets; A.A. Cunningham
I apologize for failing to cut the italics off too
39 posted on 12/27/2005 5:49:15 PM PST by lunarbicep (There is something about a closet that makes a skeleton terribly restless.)
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To: lunarbicep

He is whole once again.


40 posted on 12/27/2005 5:53:05 PM PST by Dustbunny (Christmas - Christ is the reason for the season)
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To: tet68

Too often, a hero is simply the last guy left standing; or, in the words of Pogo when answering the comment, "Pity the people without a hero," calmly said, "Pity the people who need one."


41 posted on 12/27/2005 5:57:07 PM PST by Old Professer (Fix the problem, not the blame!)
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To: righttackle44; HoustonCurmudgeon
I love all of you too!

GOD BLESS THE MARINES!

42 posted on 12/27/2005 5:57:12 PM PST by Clemenza (Smartest words ever written by a Communist: "Show me the way to the next Whiskey Bar")
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To: Past Your Eyes

One day, after my wife and I had been married awhile, she referred to my father as a "rubberneck". When we stopped laughing we explained that the term was leatherneck.


43 posted on 12/27/2005 5:58:03 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s......you weren't really there.)
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To: ed1340

You said it better than I did. Thank you.


44 posted on 12/27/2005 6:01:01 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (We're just sitting here on the Group W bench.)
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To: lunarbicep
You are way too polite.
45 posted on 12/27/2005 6:02:57 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: 'Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS: Fake But Accurate, Experts Say.')
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Did she also call him a "bottlehead"? ";^)
You've got to do something about that tag line. Not all of us that came of age in the '60s were like that. In fact, I rather suspect that I am definitely in the majority. I think we've discussed this before.


46 posted on 12/27/2005 6:04:40 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (We're just sitting here on the Group W bench.)
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To: lunarbicep

Your post reminded me of another fairly well known photo out of Vietnam. The fellow with the chest wound is Eugene Hodges of Lufkin, Texas, my neighbor and acquaintance in the 1960s. His family lived about four homes down from my family on what is now Brentwood Drive. Unfortunately, Eugene died from the wounds he received that day. It nearly destroyed his parents when they first saw the photo in, I believe Life Magazine, because it was published about the same time as Eugene's funeral. A short story of the photo can be found at http://digitaljournalist.org/issue0107/ss08.htm.

Muleteam1

47 posted on 12/27/2005 6:22:37 PM PST by Muleteam1 (Thank LBJ for this conservative having not voted for a Democrat since the 1960s.)
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To: ed1340

"Marines are a department in the Navy".

No way, Jose! The Marines are a separate Independent Service in the Department of the Navy.


48 posted on 12/27/2005 6:27:41 PM PST by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis)
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To: BnBlFlag; ed1340
"Marines are a department in the Navy".

Yes, the MENS department...

49 posted on 12/27/2005 6:31:56 PM PST by null and void (A fanatic is one who won't change his mind and won't change the subject - Churchill)
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To: ed1340
but the marines are a department of the U.S. Navy.

Yes, the MEN'S DEPARTMENT

50 posted on 12/27/2005 6:46:39 PM PST by RaceBannon ((Prov 28:1 KJV) The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.)
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