Carl Eugene Fell
June 20, 2014
I served with 1st squad, 2nd platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. The date of KIA approaches for members of our 3rd squad. The 3rd squad was wiped out on 'Ambush Purple' on June 28th, 1966.
SGT Price and I came over from Hawaii together as well as some other members of his squad, Harry Dyer, Carl Fell, Sgt Sheidt (RTO and FO from our mortar platoon), including some early replacements from February 1966. There were 12 men killed that night.
Once again as the anniversary date is near, the feeling of guilt is overwhelming.Thank you
On 28 June 1966 Company A, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry, lost twelve men in a firefight east of Bao Trai. They were:
Announcement of the Death in Local area papers in 1966.
SP4 Fell was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star. You can see his and other names listed in the 25th Infantry Division's "Tropic Lightning News".
In addition, The Evening Standard and the Uniontown Morning Herald, and other local papers on 17 April 1967 reported the post funeral posthumous award ceremony for SP4 Fell. A photo was captioned: MEDALS PRESENTED and below it read - Accepting medals for the late Army Spec. 4 Carl E. Fell, left to right are his sister, Sandra, brother, Benny, and mother, Mrs. Nancy S. Fell. Maj. Albert E. Druschel is making the presentation.
The article read: Family Gets Medals Of Viet War Victim. Four medals have been awarded posthumously to a Masontown soldier killed in Vietnam, in June 1966. Accepting the medals for Spec 4 Carl E. Fell, were his mother, Mrs. Nancy S. Fell, a brother Benny, and sister, Sandra.
The four medals are the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and two medals given by the Vietnamese government, the Military Merit Medal and Gallantry Cross with Palm. On behalf of Department of the Army, the medals were presented at the Army Reserve Center in Unionlown, by Maj. Albert E. : Druschel, senior unit advisor and Uniontown Sector commander.
The Bronze Star was awarded for outstanding Meritorious Service against hostile forces in Vietnam. The citation accompanying the medal reads:
"Through his untiring efforts and professional ability, he consistently obtained outstanding results. He was quick to grasp the implications of new problems with which he was faced as a result of the ever changing situations inherent in a counterinsurgency operation. The energetic application of his extensive knowledge has materially contributed to the overall effort of the United States in Vietnam. He was a motivating example to all with whom he came in contact. His devotion to duty, loyalty, and meticulous attention to detail are in keeping with the finest traditions of the U S Army and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, the 25th Infantry Division, and the military service."
The Purple Heart was awarded for the wounds which resulted in his death. SP4 Fell is buried in Fletcher Cemetery, Monongoalia County, West Virginia near his mother Nancy Naomi Shipp Fell Martin, daughter of Charles Arthur Shipp and Mila Emily Moats. Nancy first married Ben Fell and then Willard Martin.
Carl's father, Ben, was killed by 3 Juveniles on July 29, 1976 while attempting to burglarize his home in Gray's Landing, PA. Ben was buried in Fairview Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Masontown, Pennsylvania.
- - The Virtual Wall, June 20, 2014
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