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December 28, 2012
Sir,
I remember when you came to 9th Infantry Division (motorized) at Fort Lewis, WA. I met you on several occasions as a PFC and Specialist. Your staff always asked me not to bother you and to stay away from you, but you always went out of your way and THANKED me for the great job I was doing (installing wires systems, telephones, facsimile machines, and working in the ICPs, integrated Command Posts and DMain Command Post area. Thank you for being kind to me.

You are at your HIGHEST position, now -with the Ultimate Commander. Salute!

To the family - may God Bless and keep you now, forever and always.
October 07, 2011
When I received my Regular Officer Commission at the Eisenhower Mem'l in the Pentagon, Shali + JCS [except McPeak] stopped as they were walking by and viewed my ceremony. He was a very busy man at that time--and I've never forgotten his high-class act of stopping for one AF Captain on a special day.
October 06, 2011
The US Army is so much better because of this man's military leadership/people skills. He believed in his man and woman and lead always from the front...may God know he has one of the finest persons to ever lived and meant so much to so few of the people who served under him and had the great opportunity to work with. A military leader who set the bar high for all to follow. The US Air Force has "3-Core Valves"... Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence in all we do. A standard I believe he was all about in or out of uniform. RIP Sir!!
October 03, 2011
I was Gen. Shali's boyhood friend. I was an 18-year foreign scholarship student at Bradley University, Peoria, IL and he was a 16-year DP from Europe. We met at the tennis court, which was near his house. After he beat me in tennis, I was often invited to his house for a cool drink. There I a met his family: mother, father,brother and sister. He beat me in tennis fair and square, but he kept talking about my good shoots to ease my disappointment. In the two-plus years we "palled" with each other, he was always the diplomat. I heard that in the ensuing 40+ years, when we lost touch with each other after my graduation, he was always giving credit to others in the Army and especially when he was the chief
archetect of the policy and its implementation. We connected again when he became Cammander at SHAPE and hand wrote me a note which I framed and treasured. I am probably amongst a handful of people who can call him Johnny without fear of being disrespectful. My condolences to his wife, Joan and son, Brent, who cared for him during the difficult years post-stroke. I will say goodbye at the Arlington National Cemetery in the company of your biographer, Andrew Marble. King
September 17, 2011
R.I.P. General, it was an honor to serve under your Command. What a DISTINGUISHED General, May you rest in peace.. HOORAHH
September 04, 2011
Miss Joan, I think I said all that needs to be said about the "Boss" in my email. All of these entries bear witness to how General Shali was loved and will be missed. I look forward to seeing and reading his biography. And not a day will pass that I don't remember the time I had the pleasure of serving with and for him. And so it is in print, in my most humble opinion, he had one heck of a fine wife in you. You gave to this country and I will never forget you either!! God Bless General Shali, God Bless You and your family, and God Bless America!!!
August 24, 2011
Attention!I had the Honor of being the Generals driver in 1980-1981 when he was the Divarty Cmdr. for the 1ST AD.He was simply the, Most Amazing General,I will never forget the Sacrafices he and His Family have Made!As a Minnesota PGR Member its about HONOR,DIGNITY,RESPECT!KEEP YOUR POWDER DRY SIR! Don Sparks
August 21, 2011
I never met the General, but I stood a flag line with the Patriot Guard at his funeral service, and was invited to attend his funeral by his wife, in Tacoma, WA. What an incredible man he was. Our nation not only lost a great soldier, but also a great diplomat who was able to make his points in firm, but respectful manner. I was honored to to be part of his service. RIP General, and God Bless America!!
August 11, 2011
As Gen. Shali's biographer, I've appreciated reading all these memories of this great man. Please know that there will be a funeral in Arlington National Cemetery for Gen. Shali in October.

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August 11, 2011
I worked for Gen Shalikashvili in the 1st Battalion 84th Field Artillery. He was the finest battalion commander I ever had and the one that I measured all others by. I will always remember the day I fell in the recoil pit on the DNA inspection. I looked up at him and he smiled at me and said to get back to work. I have few heros in my life, but General Shalikashvili is one. Our country is better off because of brave, honest, and dedicated patriots such as him.

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