"THE MIGHTY NINTH"
2D BATTALION, 9TH ARTILLERY
The Republic of Vietnam
REQUIESCAT IN PACE
JERRY P. ORR (Ret)
A soldier's soldier
(Retired) Jerry P. Orr
December 27, 1934 - October 11, 2021
Orr passed away on 10/11/21 in
Oklahoma City, OK.
service for LTC (Retired) Jerry P. Orr will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 18,
2021 in First Baptist Church with Rev. Tony Christie, Associate Pastor
with full military honors will follow in Fort Sill National Cemetery, Elgin,
under direction of Becker-Rabon Funeral Home. The family will greet friends
from 3-5 pm Sunday at the funeral home. The
service may viewed by following the Livestream link at FBCLawton/Livestream.
(Retired) Jerry P. Orr died Monday, October 11, 2021 in an Oklahoma City
Hospital. Jerry was almost a Christmas present for his parents Ike and
Virginia Orr, as he was born Dec. 27, 1934. He was born in Shreveport, La.,
and attended school from elementary through college there. Jerry’s parents
divorced when he was about five or six years old and he was raised by his
aunt, Carolyn Ellis. At C. E. Byrd High School, Orr enjoyed playing football
and baseball. In college, he played junior varsity basketball. Orr was one of
21 seniors in the Army ROTC battalion at Centenary College to receive a
commission at the final review ceremony.
graduating college in 1957, Orr was sent to Fort Sill for training in the
field artillery officer basic course (FAOBC). In 1958, he was deployed to
Korea and served as a platoon leader and forward observer with the 1st
Battalion, 19th Field Artillery. His battalion was positioned in the DMZ,
which was a fortified buffer zone between North Korea and South Korea. When
Orr returned to Fort Sill after his tour in Korea, he was assigned to the 1st
Missile Brigade and commanded a battery.
Fort Sill, Orr began dating a remarkable lady from Lawton, Jean Shanklin, and
was married on Sept. 14, 1963.
returning from South Korea and before marrying Jean, Orr served as an
Aide-De-Camp to Major General Bert Spivey. He then came back to Oklahoma to
command a Little John artillery rocket unit at Fort Sill. In 1963, the year he
was married, he deployed to Germany as a Battery Commander with a Pershing
Missile Battalion. Jean and Jerry were blessed with two kids, Stacey in 1964
and Patrick in 1966.
Orr was sent to Vietnam after completing the Advanced Field Artillery Course (FAOAC)
and served as the Battalion Operations Officer and interim Battalion
Commander. He served with the 4th Infantry Division, 2nd Battalion, 9th
Artillery in the A Shau Valley. While there he was wounded twice, receiving
shrapnel in a leg and also shrapnel in an arm He was awarded the Soldier’s
Medal for saving a life in combat and also received two Bronze Stars for Valor
and two Purple Hearts.
served a year in Vietnam before returning to Oklahoma in 1969. His military
career didn’t end after Vietnam. He went to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and
graduated from the Command and General Staff College and also served at the
Pentagon in a research and development office. Orr was heavily involved in his
son’s Boy Scout activities and thought he needed to do the same thing for
his daughter. So, while in Washington, D.C., he volunteered with several
ladies to be a Girl Scout Troop leader. In 1979, after being stationed at Fort
Riley, Kansas, Orr returned to Fort Sill to retire.
switch gears into a new career was a little challenging for Orr after the
military. He went to work as a stockbroker with Paine Webber. He then went
into partnership on the Chi-Chi’s restaurant in Lawton and managed it for
about two years. He and Jean then went to Colorado for about eight years and
tried another partnership in a business for about three years. Orr began
working with the Boy Scouts in Colorado and found his niche. After seven years
working with the organization, the Orr’s moved back to Lawton and he began
working as a District Executive with the Last Frontier Council Black Beaver
District. Orr served on numerous boards and committees and has received
numerous honors and citations. Even a conference room at Fort Sill was renamed
in his honor and is referred to as the “Orr Room” instead of the “War
medals include The Soldiers Medal, two Bronze Star Medals with “V”, two
Purple Hearts, three Meritorious Medals, eight Air Medals and an Army
Commendation Medal. A 2018 handout at the Annual Jerry Orr Character Counts
Friends of Scouting Banquet noted that Orr’s dedication to the community is
famous. “He is a Lawton institution. With over 60 years of service to his
family, his uniform and his country.”
survived by his daughter, Stacey Bond and son, Patrick Orr and wife Kathy, all
of Oklahoma City; four grandsons, Keenan Bond, Braiden Bond and wife Anaely,
Brian Orr and Jeremy Orr; two great granddaughters, Joey Nicole Bond and
Jensyn Leigh Bond; an honorary son, Waheed Gbadamosi, Lawton; two sisters and
brothers-in-law, Ann and Mickey Miller and Claudia and Mike Allday, all of
Mississippi; several nieces and nephews; and his dear friend, Barbara Moeller.
preceded him in death on January 28, 2010. At the time of Jean’s passing,
they had been married for 47 years.
parents and son-in-law, Kevin Bond, also preceded him in death.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jean and Jerry Orr Endowed Scholarship in Athletics at Cameron University. https://www.cameron.edu/foundation/endowed/scholarships/jean-jerry-orr
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3d Brigades were "swapped" effective 1Aug67
4th Infantry Division (Ivy)
We provided direct support artillery to the 35th Regt (The Cacti) and the 1/14th (Golden Dragons)
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