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General Hugh Shelton
Part 1 Timeline: 1939-1966
January 1939: The parents of the future four-star general, Hugh Shelton and Sarah “Patsy” Laughlin, marry.
January 2, 1942: Henry Hugh Shelton is born in Edgecombe County, North Carolina.
1957: Hugh Shelton begins dating fellow high school student Carolyn Johnson.
Spring 1959: General Shelton graduates from North Edgecombe High School in Leggett, NC.
Fall 1959: Enrolls at NC State.
1959-1961: Participates in mandatory (for all able-bodied males) ROTC training.
Spring 1961: Finishing basic ROTC training, decides to continue to advanced ROTC.
Summer 1961: Goes to ROTC training camp in Fort Bragg, gets first real look at elite army troops.
May 1963: Ordered to Infantry Officer Basic Course, Fort Benning, GA.
Spring 1963: Hugh Shelton interviews for, receives position at Riegel Textile Corporation. Riegel says will wait for him to complete his two more years of training.
June 1, 1963: Graduates from NC State. That same day, takes commissioning oath with several hundred other new second lieutenants.
September 1963: Hugh Shelton becomes a fully qualified second lieutenant of infantry in the army of the United States.
September 15, 1963: Henry Hugh Shelton marries Carolyn Johnson at Speed Baptist Church in Speed, North Carolina.
Early 1964: After completing Ranger School, Hugh Shelton is assigned as scout platoon leader of the first battalion, 38th infantry regiment of the 2nd infantry division.
Summer 1965: After finishing infantry training, Shelton completes his two years of mandatory military service.
Fall 1965: Begins Riegel’s nine-month management training program course in Ware Shoals, SC.
Early 1966: Despite joining Army Reserves, Lt. Shelton misses the army terribly and has strong urge to serve in Vietnam. He decides to reenlist.
Fall 1966: Lt. Shelton reports to Fort Bragg for training.
Late Fall 1966: The Sheltons’ first son, Jonathan Hugh Shelton, is born.
Late Fall 1966: Lt. Shelton graduates from Special Forces Training and becomes a Green Beret.
December 30, 1966: Lt. Shelton’s first Vietnam tour begins.