MARVIN E BELL
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HONORED ON PANEL 9W, LINE 102 OF THE WALL

MARVIN EARL BELL

WALL NAME

MARVIN E BELL

PANEL / LINE

9W/102

DATE OF BIRTH

07/27/1943

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/30/1970

HOME OF RECORD

BLYTHEVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Mississippi County

STATE

AR

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

SSGT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MARVIN EARL BELL
POSTED ON 11.2.2018
POSTED BY: Barry Hendrix

A friend from Arkansas

Marvin was the older brother of James Gale Bell and Patricia Bell who were my friends and classmates. They were raised in Yarbro, AR near Blytheville, AR. All of the Bells were fine folks. Marvin served in the USAF and James served in the USN. Marvin was a true hero and a brave American who fought for Freedom!! He shall be remembered.
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POSTED ON 7.14.2018
POSTED BY: Jo Ann Poplar

I never knew you

I never knew u. If u were here I,d say thank you for my freedom. May God Bless U and watch over ur family
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POSTED ON 1.27.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR STAFF SERGEANT BELL,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE WITH THE RESCUE SQUADRON. I READ THAT YOU ARE STILL MIA.
PLEASE COME HOME. 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 3.24.2016
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SSGT Marvin Earl 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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POSTED ON 10.4.2014
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of SSGT Marvin E. Bell

Final Mission of SSGT Marvin E. Bell
On June 30, 1970, a crew from the 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron at Udorn Airfield, Thailand was dispatched to rescue a downed flight crew. Crew aboard the Sikorsky HH-53C "Super Jolly" helicopter included the pilot, CAPT Leroy C. Schaneberg, crewmembers MAJ John W. Goeglein, MSGT Paul L. Jenkins, SSGT Marvin E. Bell, and SSGT Michael F. Dean. The members of the 40th Air R & R were trained for both air and sea recovery, and the big "Super Jolly" was equipped to airlift both the crew and aircraft out of sticky situations. The downed and injured pilot was located in Savannakhet Province, Laos, about two kilometers south of Bang Tang. The HH-53C penetrated the area, known to be hostile, in an attempt to rescue the pilot, but was forced away by hostile ground fire. A second attempt was made, but the helicopter was hit by hostile fire, caught on fire, went out of control and crashed. The Air Force states it received evidence on July 4, 1970, that the crew was dead, but that evidence is not specifically described, and no remains identifiable as Bell, Dean, Goeglein, Schaneberg, or Jenkins have been recovered. Schaneberg received the Air Force Cross for extraordinary heroism as the aircraft commander on this rescue mission. On the same day, CAPT Williams S. Sanders was flying an OV-10A Bronco southeast of Khe Sanh at a point where Laos veers north to intrude on South Vietnam. His aircraft was shot down just inside Laos, not far from the location of the downed helicopter. The Bronco was generally used for marking targets, armed reconnaissance and forward air control, so the nature of CAPT Sanders' mission and its precise relation to the mission of the Super Jolly from Udorn is unknown. The crew of the helicopter was numerically listed missing before the OV-10, so it is does not seem likely that the helicopter was assisting the observation aircraft, but as no other aircraft is missing on that day in that area, either the downed pilot was Sanders or the pilot was rescued by other means. [Narrative taken from pownetwork.org; image from wikipedia.org]
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