On Wednesday, June 29, family and friends gathered at the East Knoxville - Burlington Branch Library to dedicate the building to Donald Ancker Sherrod, Specialist 4th Class. Sherrod was born on June 2, 1943, to FJ and Mariana Sherrod. A 1962 graduate of East High School, he enlisted in the United States Army in 1963, serving a tour of duty in Korea before he volunteered for Vietnam in 1966, where he was killed in action. His courageous action under fire significantly contributed to the success of his company's defense. He was the first person from Burlington to die in the Vietnam War. He was married to Barbara, his wife for only a few months prior to his final tour.
Specialist Sherrod received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with V Device, the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Citation for his Silver Star Award:
"For gallantry in action on 8 August 1966, Specialist Sherrod distinguished himself by exceptional heroism in action, while serving as a rifleman with Company A 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry during a search and clear operation in the Republic of Vietnam. As the company was setting up a perimeter, Specialist Sherrod noticed several enemy soldiers trying to penetrate a weak spot in the defense. Leading the men of his fire team, Specialist Sherrod advanced to a key position, firing his individual weapon and throwing hand grenades. His action so inspired his soldiers that they joined him at the position. During the engagement, Specialist Sherrod was >wounded, but continued to fight and lead in the defense. Constantly maneuvering from man to man to offer encouragement and assist the wounded., Specialist Sherrod fell mortally wounded as he attempted to render aid to another casualty. His truly outstanding bravery and devotion to duty significantly contributed to the success of the company defense. Specialist Sherrod's courageous action under fire is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army."