Bell, Charles Martin, BM3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Boatswain's Mate
Primary Unit
1968-1968, BM-0000, Detachment Tan My, Headquarters, NSA Danang, Vietnam
Service Years
1959 - 1968
BM-Boatswain's Mate
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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Wathena, KS
Last Address
Philadelphia, PA

Casualty Date
Jan 03, 1968
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Drowned, Suffocated
Thua Thien (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Saint Peter and Paul Cemetery - Broomall, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
33E 025

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2014, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Headquarters, NSA Danang, Vietnam, NSA Danang, Vietnam
  1968-1968, BM-0000, Detachment Tan My, Headquarters, NSA Danang, Vietnam
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1960-1973 Vietnam War
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Dec 14, 1959, Service Start Date
  Jul 10, 2013, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
The Philadelphia Inquirer - January 10, 1968
Another man from (Delaware) county was listed as missing. He was swept overboard from a small supply boat during a severe storm off the Vietnamese coast.
Second Class Petty Officer Charles M. Bell, 25, an eight-year Navy veteran, was swept overboard Wednesday in the Tan My Channel.
The father of a 1-year-old son, Bell is a native of Virginia. He and his wife, Veronica, of Philadelphia, were married two years ago when he was stationed at the (Philadelphia) Naval Base here. Mrs. Bell lives at 613 Magnolia ave., Glenolden (PA).
The remainder of the crew was rescued.
The Philadelphia Inquirer - January 11, 1968
Navy Recovers Body of Sailor From Glenolden
The body of Boatswain's Mate 2-C Charles Martin Bell, of Glenolden, missing since January 3 when his boat overturned in a South Vietnamese channel, has been recovered, the Navy reported Wednesday.
Bell, a coxwain operating a pusher boat in a channel, near the Da Nang harbor, was the only man lost at sea after the mishap. A navy spokesman said the craft had been hit by waves, one of which struck broadside, spilling everyone overboard.
The Navy launched a search for the 25-year-old boatswain's mate, but operations were hampered due to heavy surf conditions and overcast weather. Several days later his body was found by South Vietnamese civilians.
He was a native of Wathina, Kan., where his mother, Mrs. Verda Hickman, still lives. Bell joined the Navy when he was 17, two weeks before graduation, his wife said, but completed his schooling in the Navy. He did his basic training at Great Lakes (Ill.) Naval Training Center, and was a Navy veteran of eight years.
Besides his wife, son and mother, Bell is survived by his stepfather, Cyrus; three brothers, a stepbrother and a stepsister.
Bell's 20-year-old wife said Wednesday:
"I admire every man that is fighting over in Vietnam; whether it's right or wrong, is not for me to decide, but I know I could never humiliate them by protesting..."
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