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  • My dear fience

    Posted on 5/31/18 - by Nancy Fritz
    It has been 50 years since you left us. We would have been married for 50 years. I miss you as this has happened yesterday. I know one day we will be togrther again. Brunny I pray for you every night your future wife Nancy
  • My hero, my neighbor

    Posted on 5/30/17 - by
    I was just 11 years old when I was sitting in 6th grade ay St Leo school in Philadelphia, Pa. Sister Conrad in SSJ told us to pray for a soldier from our parish was killed in Vietnam. My mind went blank, total shock for me. My brother and I went home for lunch and blasted the news to my mom who was disbelief. She knew Bernie was coming home in a few weeks and getting married. The news paralyzed the neighborhood. It is a time that I think I kind of grew up. The Kissell family has always been in my prayers. Younger brother Bobby a few years older than me growing up was one of the older guys, which was so cool back then. Mr and Mrs Kissell were at my wedding,I was so honored to have them thrre. Neighbors always said my dad and Mr Kissell were the loudest people on the block. Great friends. I closing, I always thought I never did what Bernie and his generation did. So at 32 I joined the Navy as a reservist, I hopes that I can hold that candle to you. But I never will. Rest in peace until we meet again. You are never forgotten.... Billy
  • Final Mission of SSGT Bernard F. Kissell Jr.

    Posted on 4/17/17 - by
    On October 21, 1968, a USAF Douglas C-47D (#45-0934) transport plane belonging to the 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing at Tan Son Nhut Air Base was flying military personnel from Saigon to Hong Kong for R&R with a stop at Da Nang. While enroute the pilot declared an emergency, stating that the port engine had failed and that the propeller would not feather. He requested and received vectors for an emergency landing at Ban Me Thuot Airfield, but instead hit a mountainside at the 2300-foot level approximately 19 miles southwest of Ban Me Thuot in Darlac Province, RVN. A total of 23 fatalities (some news services reported 24) resulted in the crash, including a listed 11 crewmen and 10 passengers, plus two civilians. A medical helicopter spotted the wreckage three hours after the crash. More helicopters were dispatched to the scene to remove the dead. The lost C-47D crew members included pilot LTC Howard E. Van Vliet, co-pilot LTC Council L. Royal, navigators MAJ Gerald E. Burgener and MAJ Basil L. Ciriello, flight attendant TSGT Donald W. Bruck, flight engineer TSGT John D. Thomas, flight mechanic TSGT Billy R. Morris, and crewmen (unassigned positions) MSGT William P. Bowman, SSGT Eugene W. Hendricks, LTC Robert B. Richardson, and MAJ Gerald D. Ziehe. The passengers included (USAF) TSGT Arthur L. Brewer, LTC Ray E. Codding, SSGT Karl E. Kelley Jr., SSGT Bernard F. Kissell Jr., SGT Russell E. Nihill, LTC Alden W. O’Brien, SGT Ruben E. Reyes, and CAPT Gayland O. Scott; (USA) SP5 Bruce M. Miley and SFC Klaus D. R. Ruhland. [Taken from,,, and “C-47 Crash! 24 Killed.” Chicago Tribune, October 22, 1968]
  • Uncle I never knew

    Posted on 9/14/14 - by Jennifer F.
    I never saw my Mamaw cry for her oldest son who was taken from this world. I wasn't there when our family suffered such devastating news. Our soldier was gone, never to have a family and enjoy life. His sacrifice was one of many in the time of war. That did not keep me from crying for him. I still today cry for him. All of my thanks go to soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice. I respect those who have served and currently serve. As my 3 children grow into adults I think about the opportunities that they have. My Uncle had no choices being poor back in the late 60's. His only way to college was to join the Marines. My oldest son graduated from College and he was the first in our family to do so! My daughter is in college now and my youngest son is graduating in 2015 from High School. Thank you Uncle Ronnie. As I cry for you it pushes me to be an encouraging mother who won't let her children feel as if they have no choices. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/13/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SSGT Bernard Francis Kissell Jr, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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