|Birth: ||Mar. 10, 1947|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Nov. 17, 1965, Vietnam|
PFC Charles Leroy Eller, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Clifton, NC.
PFC Charles Leroy Eller was a member of the Army. PFC Eller served our country until November 17th, 1965 in South Vietnam. He was 18 years old and was not married. Charles died from multiple fragmentation wounds from a mine. His body was recovered. PFC Eller is on panel 03E, line 075 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for one year.
The story of the Lost Vietnam Bible: Family, please contact me as I have something of his: I have recently come into contact with an item that dropped out of his pocket, when his body was being loaded onto a helicopter. I am writing a book about the First of the Fifth Cavalry, Bravo Unit, Vietnam, 1965. They loaded Charles's body for his return trip home. When I was interviewing a member of this unit, he got out his war mementos that had been stored away since he came home. When I asked him about a certain item he said, "Oh, my God I completely forgot about that". I was going to contact his family and return it to them. Now some 35 years later maybe his family will get it. I have the item and will tell you about it if anyone is interested. Judy Zimmerman, 603 Fourth St, Jamestown, KS 66948. UPDATE: The Bible was found. His Sister was found. The Bible was returned to the family.
Dear Charles: I just want to say that sure is a tragic story about the bible, and it's way too bad that it happened! What I see here is a determined, strong seventeen year old boy who couldn't wait to join. I don't think you had much of an idea about the vicious fight you would be involved in. It just dosen't get any more vicious than that day. This has got to be in the top ten vicious fights in the history of the US Army (151 killed, 122 wounded). As you can see, I didn't forget! God Bless You Charles! Tom Tweed, USA, 1969-71. email@example.com.
THE SKYLAND POST, WEST JEFFERSON, NC. Thursday, November 25th, 1965.
What is to be believed as Ashe County's first casualty in Vietnam had been reported. In a telegram through the Red Cross, Mr and Mrs Earl Hoosier were informed of the death of her son PFC Charles Eller while on a "Search and Destroy Mission", September 17th. PFC Eller was killed by small arms fire according to the report.
He is the Son of Mrs Deette Hoosier.
He served with Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division(AMBL), USARV.
He was awarded The Combat Infantryman's BAdge(CIB), 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 and The Good Conduct Medal.
Ashelawn Memorial Gardens
North Carolina, USA
Plot: Good Shepherd Sect. C, Lot # 15, Space # 3
Created by: Tom Reece
Record added: Jan 21, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17613950