SHERMAN CALVIN FLANDERS
On February 24, 2021, 92 years old, at the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Born in Seattle, Washington, raised in an orphanage, he enlisted at age 16 to defend our Nation. A proud WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War Veteran, he served in the US Army Air Corps and the US Army.He was stationed at Rhein-Main Air Base in Germany during the Berlin Airlift. During the Korean War, he served at an isolated area as a member of the Korean Military Advisory Group. He returned for a second tour of duty in Korea with the Army's 1st Calvary Division. He served multiple tours in Vietnam; at Bao Tri, Hau Nghia Province as a member of a three-man Military Advisory Group within the 25th Infantry Division and importantly, as the First Sergeant of A Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Calvary Regiment, 1st Calvary Division during savage, historically significant fighting in the Ia Drang Valley. For his valor and actions in combat, Sherman received the Combat Infantry Badge, two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts and an Air Medal.Upon Army retirement, Sherman joined the Central Intelligence Agency and returned to Southeast Asia. He also worked for Virginia and California State governments. He is survived by his daughter Moira (Russ Carnot) and son Keith. He will be remembered for his positive spirit and generous soul by friends worldwide. Inurnment with his wife of 60 years, Kreszentia (predeceased), will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 7, 2021.