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Charles Martin Bell
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Birth: Nov. 26, 1942
Wathena
Doniphan County
Kansas, USA
Death: Jan. 3, 1968
Thua Thien-Hue, Vietnam

Navy Recovers Body of Sailor From Glenolden

The body of Boatswain's Mate 2-C Charles Martin Bell, of Glenolden, missing since January 3 when his boat overturned in a South Vietnamese channel, has been recovered, the Navy reported Wednesday.

FOUND BY CIVILIANS

Bell, a coxwain operating a pusher boat in a channel, near the Da Nang harbor, was the only man lost at sea after the mishap. A navy spokesman said the craft had been hit by waves, one of which struck broadside, spilling everyone overboard.
The Navy launched a search for the 25-year-old boatswain's mate, but operations were hampered due to heavy surf conditions and overcast weather. Several days later his body was found by South Vietnamese civilians.
He was a native of Wathina, Kan., where his mother, Mrs. Verda Hickman, still lives. Bell joined the Navy when he was 17, two weeks before graduation, his wife said, but completed his schooling in the Navy. He did his basic training at Great Lakes (Ill.) Naval Training Center, and was a Navy veteran of eight years.

OTHER SURVIVORS

Besides his wife, son and mother, Bell is survived by his stepfather, Cyrus; three brothers, a stepbrother and a stepsister.
Bell's 20-year-old wife said Wednesday:
"I admire every man that is fighting over in Vietnam; whether it's right or wrong, is not for me to decide, but I know I could never humiliate them by protesting..." 
 
Burial:
Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery
Springfield
Delaware County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: Gaylon Hemphill
Record added: Sep 12, 2012
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Charles Martin Bell
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