Darnell, Michael Edward


Rank: Private First Class

Unit: K Troop, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11D – Armor Reconnaissance Specialist

Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Selected Service

Date of birth: 7-Aug-1949

Hometown: Woodlawn, Tennessee

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 20-May-1969

Start of tour: 17-Oct-1969

Incident date: 10-Jan-1970

Date of casualty: 11-Jan-1970

Age at death: 20

Cause of death: Hostile, died of wounds. Small Arms Fire. Gun or small arms fire.
Michael Edward Darnell died as a result of wounds received while gunner on a military vehicle at a night defensive position when the area came under attack by a hostile force. He was admitted to a military medical facility and later expired. / Gunner on Armored Cavalry Assualt Vehicle (ACAV) at night defensive position.  Engaged hostile force in firefight.  Admitted to 24th Evacuation Hospital 10 Jan 1970 at 0800 hrs and placed on Very Serious Injury (VSI) list 10 Jan 1970 at 1200 hrs and later expired.  Incident occurred on 10 Jan 1970 at 0530 hrs.

Location of fatality: Tay Ninh, South Vietnam, XT 540 842

Place of interment: Wilees Chapel United Methodist Cemetery, Woodlawn, Tennessee, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 14W 025 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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