Walter Max Shields was born on 25 November 1921, the son of Samuel Doak Waddell Shields and Bessie Thelma Jones.
Killed in Action 21 January 1945 in the battle of Luxembourg

He is buried in the Union Church of Christ Cemetery, Cherokee Road and Charlie Hicks Road, Jonesborough, TN.

Private First Class

12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division

The Johnson City Press, 6 February 1945
Pfc. Walter M. “Tootsie” Shields, 23, was killed in action in Luxembourg January 21, his sister, Mrs. Hugh Fox of 410 Doe avenue, was notified today by the War Department.  Shields had been overseas three years last August, having left Elizabethton with the National Guard unit for Fort Jackson, S.C., in September, 1941. He attended Elizabethton High School. Survivors are three sisters, Mrs. Fox and Miss Bess Shields of Elizabethton, and Mrs. Hazel Ikenberry of Springer, N. Mex., and three brothers, David Hardin and John Russell Shields of Elizabethton, and Sam W. Shields, stationed with the Navy in California. His mother died a year ago this month.

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 25 November 1921
  • Date of death: 21 January 1945
  • County: Carter
  • Hometown: Elizabethton
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Union Church of Christ Cemetery, Jonesborough, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Top Panel
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