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ROBERT GRAHAM BELL


is honored on Panel 1E, Line 116 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • From your son ...

    Posted on 7/17/17 - by Wes Bell kha414@sbcglobal.net
    Daddy, you were always my hero. You helped me celebrate my 10th birthday just before we all waved goodbye to you on your carrier, not knowing that it would be our last embrace and farewell. Every man I have spoken with that has seen you fly has told me you were the best pilot they have ever known. Naval Academy, NASA, Thunderbirds, and so many other accomplishments in your short life - I can only imagine what else you would have accomplished. Mom told me your goal was to eventually become Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and it would not have surprised me if it had come to pass, since you met every goal and challenge you set.
    So many dreams I've had of what life would have been like had you come back to us. So much I wanted to learn from you. But the little time we had together on this earth was a blessing and the lessons you did teach me; of honesty, integrity, excellence and persistence have remained with me always. I will always miss you Daddy, and you will always be my hero.
    Your son, Wes
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  • Remembering Major Bell

    Posted on 5/16/17 - by David Botticelli davbot@att.net
    I saw a memorial to you on Face Book and had to thank you for your service and sacrifice (s). All Americans owe the Vietnam War veterans a "thank you" and "welcome home" from non-military citizens (like me). You have the gratitude of your country! I hope you are resting in everlasting peace with God in Heaven.

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  • Remembered

    Posted on 1/29/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR MAJOR BELL,
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A TACTICAL AIRCRAFT PILOT (VARIOUS). I WISH WERE WEREN'T KILLED SO CLOSE TO YOUR BIRTHDAY. SIGH. IT IS 2017, WHICH MAKES IT FAR TOO LONG FOR YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU HAVE DONE, AND YOUR SACRIFICE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE.. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE SAINTS AND ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 4/28/16 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear Major Robert Graham Bell, 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, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • Bien Hoa Air Base Disaster

    Posted on 7/30/15 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On November 1, 1964, Viet Cong squads shelled the airfield at Bien Hoa with mortars. The attack was effective as 27 aircraft were hit, and four U.S. and two Vietnamese were killed. Further Viet Cong mortar attacks led General William Westmoreland on February 19, 1965 to release B-57Bs for combat operations, including raids into North Vietnam. As the B-57 mission continued to increase it became an around-the-clock commitment. This forced the weapons storage facility at Bien Hoa to deliver ordnance well ahead of the frag orders. This resulted in bombs being stored underneath the wings of the B-57s sitting on the tarmac. The ordnance consisted of 250, 500 and 750-pound general purpose bombs, many armed with time-delay. There were also 750 lb. of napalm stored on the ramp. The pre-positioning of this ordnance was the basis for one of the "worst disasters in Air Force history". On May 16, 1965, while waiting to takeoff on a mission, a B-57B exploded on the ground. The B-57 was started with a black powder cartridge that fired when the pilot hit the starter switch, causing a small starter turbine to spin. These turbines sometimes spun loose and flew out of the starter housing. On this day, a loose turbine hit the fuse of an armed 500 lb. bomb, setting off a whole chain of secondary explosions. Five 50,000 gallon bladders of JP-4 jet fuel went up in smoke. When the explosions finally ceased, ten B-57s, one Navy F-8 Crusader and fifteen A-1Es were destroyed plus several ground support units. Twenty-seven men killed, including the following: SSGT Jesse R. Acosta, SSGT Jose R. Aragon, TSGT Secundino Baldonado, MAJ Robert G. Bell, SSGT Brian D. Brown, TSGT Claude M. Bunch, SSGT James M. Cale, SSGT Robert L. Clark, SSGT Edgar S. Donaghy, A1C Terence D. Engel, TSGT Aaron G. Fidiam, CAPT Charles N. Fox, CAPT Vernon L. Haynes, SMS William D. Hicks, CAPT Arthur C. Jepson Jr. CAPT Andrew M. Kea, CAPT Ernest McFeron, TSGT Charles W. Rachal, A1C Clifford H. "Hal" Raulerson Jr. TSGT Donald J. Seaman, CAPT Billy E. Shannon, TSGT Gerald A. Snyder, MAJ James E. Underwood, 1LT Lee C. Wagner Jr., and A1C Hayden E. Weaver. Over 100 were wounded. The most severely wounded were evacuated to Clark AB. After the explosions, a great number of generals and their staffs came to Bien Hoa to see for themselves what had happened. General Westmoreland along with retired General Maxwell D. Taylor, Ambassador to Vietnam, came to see the extent of damage so they could brief their superiors. General Westmoreland said that Bien Hoa looked worse than Hickam Field after the Pearl Harbor Attack. The Bien Hoa Air Base Conflagration/Fire Accident Investigation Board concluded the accidental explosion of a bomb on a parked B-57 at Bien Hoa triggered a series of blasts. The aircraft and the ammunition were stored too close together which allowed the fires and explosions to propagate. The accident investigation board recommended improvements. In the face of such experience, engineers initiated a major program to construct revetments and aircraft shelters to protect the valuable assets. [Taken from wikipedia.com]
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.