Sgt. Sherrell Byrd, Jr. was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving from 1968-1970. Sgt. Byrd was a combat infantry soldier, stationed in Quang Tri Province and the DMZ during the Vietnam War. Among his many medals are the Bronze Star, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Wounded Medal, Vietnam Cross for Gallantry. He was in A Company, 1st Brigade, 61st Infantry (Mechanized), 5th Infantry Division.