M Raymond Reeves

Specialist Four
C CO, 228TH ASLT SPT HELO BN, 11TH AVN GROUP, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
12 August 1948 - 03 March 1968
Bristol, Pennsylvania
Panel 42E Line 056

1 CAV DIV

228TH ASHB
Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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05 Sep 2007

It seems there are certain people who have touched us in the past who live on inside us even after so many years have passed us by. That is the way Reeves' infectious laugh and keen sense of humor have followed me all these years. I tell my students about him and his laugh periodically. Reeves' favorite saying was, "Don't get me wrong soldier, check your own self out." Then, he would laugh and so would we.

You could hear him coming from yards away and were glad of it, too. Everyone wanted to be around him. He made the harsh reality of war just a little more pleasant. That is a gift to be coveted. Well, Reeves, it's been a while since Charlie Company. That was in '68. You were the first one of the boys we said good-bye to.

Reeves died when 080 took multiple hits. Hopsicker was FE that day and was wounded; the next day, Ron Turner took her over, a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. Reeves was riding left gun when he died.

That bullet took a wonderful soul from us that day. Reeves was a Christian, so he gained so much more than he had had with us, but we lost a lot when he was stolen away. Iíll see you again one day. I sure hope the rest of our boys join us. Iíve heard some have.

Folks, donít forget our young, brave soldiers as they give their all like Reeves and others have done.

Later,
Mel "Tex" Chappell
CE 047 & 485, FE 480
C Co, 228th Avn Bn, 1 Cav Div.
Jan. 1968 - Jan. 1969
mrchap2k@yahoo.com



The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a brother in arms,
Mel "Tex" Chappell
mrchap2k@yahoo.com



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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 05 Sep 2007
Last updated 09/13/2007