December 28, 2012
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."
(Fort Lee, VA)
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!!"
(San Antonio, TX)
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"
(Santa Rosa, CA)
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"
Steve Greene, SFC. Ret.
(Oklahoma City, OK)