Arvel Ray SmartLance Corporal
D CO, 1ST BN, 5TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
03 December 1949 - 08 August 1969
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Arvel was one of three young men from the small, southern Oklahoma town of Maysville killed in Viet Nam. I don't much about Arvel except that he was a Marine Rifleman and that he died fighting the communist aggressors in South Viet Nam. I do know that his sacrifice helped give the South Vietnamese ten more years of freedom and eventually led to hundreds of thousands of South Vietnamese being able to come to America and participate fully in our precious democracy. Arvel, thanks for your sacrifice and may God bless and keep you. Semper Fidelis.
From a fellow Marine and Viet Nam veteran,
I was with Arvel the night he was killed and it was a sad night. I can remember myself and another corpsman writing a letter to his parents the next day, but don't remember what we wrote. He was fun to be around and did his job very well. I was on the perimeter, just about 50 meters to his right when an RPG or sniper's bullet found it's unfortunate mark. Thanks for this opportunity to put some words down.
From a comrade in arms,
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 08/10/2009