Bell, John Darvin


Rank: Staff Sergeant

Unit: M Company, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11E – Armor Crewman

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Valorous Unit Award, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 26-Nov-1939

Hometown: Ludowici, Georgia

Marital status: Married to Carolyn S. Bell, one son, one daughter

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 20-Mar-1956

Start of tour: 2-Feb-1970

Incident date: 17-Jun-1970

Date of casualty: 17-Jun-1970

Age at death: 30

Cause of death: Hostile, Died. Small Arms Fire. Gun or small arms fire.
John Darvin Bell was killed while commander of a military vehicle on a military mission when a hostile force was encountered. / Tank commander on tank on reconnaissance mission.  Engaged hostile force in firefight.

Location of fatality: Cambodia, XU 464 153

Place of interment: Bartlett City Cemetery, Bartlett, Texas, USA

View this soldier‘s Find a Grave page (opens in a new window)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 09W 059 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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