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PFC Arnell Keyes
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Birth: May 11, 1944
Swanquarter
Hyde County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Mar. 4, 1966
Tam Kỳ, Vietnam

PFC Arnell Keyes, Vietnam Veteran, Born and raised in Swan Quarter, North Carolina, he enlisted in New York.

Private First Class Arnell Keyes was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army Selective Service and a Draftee, PFC Keyes served our country until March 4th, 1966 in South Vietnam. He was 21 years old and was not married. It was reported that Arnell died from small arms fire or grenade. His body was recovered. Arnell was born on May 11th, 1944 in Swan Quarter North Carolina. PFC Keyes is on panel 05E, line 105 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for less than a year.

My Everlasting Brother, I'll always remember you. I still miss you and always will. I joined the USMC just to avenge your death. Brother, thank you for letting me make it out of that hell hole. I still read your letter that you wrote to our sister, your saying: 'Nowhere to run and nowhere to hide' was so true. Love always, Harlem M Keyes USMC 1966-1969.

Friend and Schoolmate. I will always remember the friendship you shared with my brothers and the rest of the family and I know to my mom, you were one of her sons. In Peace and Love, Mary Greene-Midgette, 1397 Union St Brooklyn NY 11213.

I am his Cousin. From my rotting body, flowers shall grow, and I in them. And that is eternity. Always and forever, Earline Bell, 101 South Pearl Street, Albany NY 12207,

Niece. Forever in my Heart. Uncle Arnell, you are gone but you are never forgotten. I Love you and Miss you. Patricia Clements, 524 Spring Garden Street, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, 18360.

My Brother, My Eagle. I will always miss you My EAGLE. Many thanks to all who have replied and made a comment. Harlem Keyes, 134 Prospect Street, Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, 18466.

SERVICES HELD FOR HYDE NATIVE, VICTIM OF VIETNAM CONFLICT: Arnell Keyes of Swan Quarter left April 1, 1965 to receive his basic training in the United States Army at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. On March 4, 1966, he was killed in action in Vietnam, becoming Hyde County's first fatality in the Vietnam area. Arnell was an average, twenty-one year old young man. He graduated from O.A. Peay High School in 1963. He was on the baseball team and participated in basketball also. Keyes was a well rounded individual, very active in the New Farmers of America, reports C.R. Downing, principal. Downing commented, "Arnell won several prizes in woodwork and livestock judging, in the NFA Organization". His sister reports that he enjoyed making things in his hobby of carpentry. After leaving Fort Jackson, Keyes received advanced training in Fort Gordon and Fort Benning, both stationed in Georgia. Later he was stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky where he was called for service in Vietnam.

Keyes left California for Vietnam December 25th, 1965. Keyes was shot in the neck in fighting action: The family received word March 5th and funeral arrangements were made for Wednesday afternoon at Jobes Chapel near Swan Quarter. The body remained at the Swan Quarter Funeral Home prior to the burial. Surviving are his Father, Lee Keyes, six sisters, Mary Staton, Lucille Hill, Josephine Scarborough, Emmeline Washington, and Annie Louise Keyes, all of New York City, and Dorothy Jones of Swan Quarter; five brothers, Milbert Keyes, James Keyes, Harlem Keyes, all of New York; and Charlie W Keyes and Thomas Allen Keyes, of the home.

He was the Son of Mr and Mrs Lee Keyes, Box 2, Swan Quarter, North Carolina.

He served with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, "Screaming Eagles", USARV.

He was awarded The Combat Infantryman's Badge(CIB), The Bronze Star Medal, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal.

 
 
Burial:
Greenhill Cemetery
Swanquarter
Hyde County
North Carolina, USA
 
Created by: Tom Reece
Record added: Feb 03, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24387355
PFC Arnell Keyes
Added by: Tom Reece
 
PFC Arnell Keyes
Added by: Tom Reece
 
 
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