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PFC Kenith Lewis Jarrell
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Birth: Nov. 29, 1949
Alabama, USA
Death: Aug. 23, 1969
Tam Kỳ, Vietnam

KENITH LEWIS JARRELL, PRIVATE FIRST CLASS, USMC, ODESSA, ECTOR COUNTY, TEXAS

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Combat Action Ribbon, RVN Military Merit Medal

BIOGRAPHY

Nineteen year old Kenith Jarrell from Odessa, Texas, was born Nov. 29, 1949, the youngest son of Raymond Boyd and Thelma Jarrell. He had completed the 11th grade at Permian High School before entering the service on May 1st, 1968. After receiving his recruit training at San Diego, California and his ITR training in infantry at Camp Pendelton, California, he started his tour in Vietnam on June 6th, 1969, and was attached to G Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, First Marine Division.

During a company-size search and clear operation 25 miles south-southeast of Da Nang, he was killed on August 23, 1969 by enemy small arms fire and burns received as a result of a strike by friendly aircraft. He and several other men of Golf 2/7's Third Platoon were moving through high grass searching for some snipers. They came to a large boulder where their platoon sergeant, Sgt W. C. Adams had his men stop while he went ahead to check it out. When he and PFC Jarrell went around the rock they were killed by an NVA who was dug in under it. The marines were then ambushed and they were not able to retrieve the bodies of the sergeant and PFC Jarrell immediately. Artillery and close air support was called in. The area was saturated by artillery and naplam. When a lull in the battle occurred, the bodies were retrieved. Both Sgt Adams and PFC Jarrell also sustained burns over most of their bodies.


Kenith was buried will full military honors in the City Cemetery in Alexander City, Alabama. Kenith's first cousin, Randy D. Jarrell, also at age 19 was killed in Vietnam on December 13, 1966 while serving in the Marine Corp and he rests next to Kenith. His parents now live in Lafayette, Alabama. Kenith was also survived by his older brother, Raymond Boyd Jarell, Jr. and his younger sister, Martha Ann.

His name is on the Wall at Panel 19W Line 102. 
 
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 Parents:
  Raymond Boyd Jarrell (1928 - 2011)
  Thelma Swader Jarrell (1930 - 2009)
 
Burial:
Alexander City Cemetery
Alexander City
Tallapoosa County
Alabama, USA
 
Created by: Billy M. Brown
Record added: May 27, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19548917
PFC Kenith Lewis Jarrell
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PFC Kenith Lewis Jarrell
Added by: Billy M. Brown
 
PFC Kenith Lewis Jarrell
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- Margaret Brown Caldwell
 Added: Nov. 11, 2014

- Margaret Brown Caldwell
 Added: May. 27, 2014
Thank you for your great sacrifice in preserving our country's freedoms. I will honor you in the only way that I can . . . by remembering you always. May you rest in peace.
- Charles A. Lewis
 Added: Nov. 3, 2012
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