Edward C. Sheffield

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Edward C Sheffield, 84, was born in Cabbage Grove, Florida. He graduated from Taylor County High School, American Savings & Loan Institute and Tampa University. After graduating, Sheffield worked as a machine operator with the Florida Forestry Company until he enlisted in the army from January 1949 to 1954. Sheffield was in the 24th Division 63rd Field Artillery BTN during his service period. He was transferred to Japan and then called to Korea when the war started. He was in Korea for only 14 days when his unit was overrun. Sheffield was subsequently captured as a Prisoner or War for 37 months 14 ½ days. When in captivity they kept moving the prisoners North until they got to the Yalu River. While in captivity he survived the 100 mile death march and was called one of the Tiger Survivors. Sheffield participated in 6 major battles and his specialty was Chief of Communications. For his service in Korea, Sheffield was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Korean presidential Unit Citation, Army Good Conduct Medal, USA Commendation Medal, Prisoner of War Medal, Army Occupation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Korean Service Medal with battle star, United Nations Service Medal. When Sheffield returned to the states, he married his wife, Jamie, went to school worked as vice-president of a Savings & Loan company. He and his wife, in their 60 years of marriage, have raised three children, Wanda, Jim and Roy. Jamie and Edward have four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Sheffield’s current hobbies include fishing, hunting, and traveling with family.

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