HARDY L BELL
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HONORED ON PANEL 12E, LINE 118 OF THE WALL

HARDY LEE BELL

WALL NAME

HARDY L BELL

PANEL / LINE

12E/118

DATE OF BIRTH

04/13/1919

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BIEN HOA

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/26/1966

HOME OF RECORD

PARIS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Lamar County

STATE

TX

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

CMS

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR HARDY LEE BELL
POSTED ON 10.13.2021
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. May you rest in eternal peace.
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POSTED ON 11.25.2019
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Vet

Prisoner of War Medal Award

Hardy L. Bell
Prisoner of War Medal
DURING World War II
Service: Army Air Forces
Division: Prisoner of War

CITATION:
Technical Sergeant Hardy L. Bell< United States Army Air Forces, was captured by German forces after his aircraft was shot down on or about October 7, 1944 and was held as a Prisoner of War until his return to U.S. Military Control at the end of hostilities in May 1945.
Seehttps://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/362252
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POSTED ON 1.24.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT BELL,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. AIR FORCE RECORDS DO NOT ALWAYS GIVE ME YOUR MOS. BUT YOUR SERVED! IT IS A NEW YEAR, 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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POSTED ON 2.13.2016

Final Mission of A1C Hardy L. Bell

On the evening of November 26, 1966, a Douglas U.S. Air Force C-47D (# 44-76574), a wing transport aircraft assigned to the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing at Korat RTAFB, Thailand, departed from Tan Son Nhut Air Base near Saigon on a nighttime administrative flight with 25 Air Force personnel headed to Korat Royal Thai AFB in Thailand. The C-47 made a normal take off and climbout. About five minutes after takeoff, the aircrew advised Tan Son Nhut they had an engine problem and were returning to that airfield. The pilot radioed radar control that he had a rough #1 engine. He received a vector course to steer. Shortly thereafter, the pilot reported he had to feather #1. Soon he reported the field in sight and was cleared for a straight in, downwind approach. Next he called the control tower reporting he could not get his landing gear fully down and locked. A witness later said only the left gear was down. This gear trouble undoubtedly added severely to his unsymmetrical drag and control problem. The tower first saw the plane turning slowly left away from the field at very low altitude, then stall, wing over and suddenly plunge to earth. Witnesses observed a steep, violent, crushing impact in a rice paddy followed instantly by a fierce fire. The time was about 1850 hours. Twenty-five airmen were lost in the crash, including CAPT Karl D. Sobolik, A2C Lawrence A. Barcklow, A2C Troy Bealin, A1C Hardy L. Bell, SMS Earl K. Burns Jr., MSGT Dieter W. Dietz, 1LT Charles L. Faulkner, 1LT Harold L. Graves, LTC Carroll G. Hogeman, CAPT John R. Humphrey, CAPT Edward L. Kerr, MSGT Marchelle R. Lanzone, MSGT William A. Lynch Jr., LTC Norman W. McRobie, A1C James E. Oxley, 1LT Adrian F. Purnell, 1LT Alden L. Riley, CWO Alan R. Steffen, SSGT Walter Suhar, MAJ Joe H. Trickey Jr., TSGT Jesse L. Waltman, CAPT James E. Webb, LTC Paul R. West, SSGT Bobby L. Williams, and SSGT Dennis P. Wright. [Taken from togetherweserved.com and aviation-safety.net]
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POSTED ON 11.2.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear CMS Hardy Lee 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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