PFC Gary Joseph Bell

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PFC Gary Joseph Bell

  • Birth 26 Jan 1949 Gastonia, Gaston County, North Carolina, USA
  • Death 4 Mar 1968 Quang Tri, Vietnam
  • Burial Gotha, Orange County, Florida, USA
  • Plot Sect. M, Lot # 280, Space 1
  • Memorial ID 99836710

US Marine PFC Gary Joseph Bell, Vietnam Veteran, Born in Gastonia, NC he became a resident of Winter Park, Florida.

US Marine Private First Class Gary Joseph Bell was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Marine Corps, PFC Bell served our country until March 4th, 1968 in Quang Tri, South Vietnam. He was 19 years old and was married. Gary died from artillery fire. His body was recovered. Gary was born on January 26th, 1949 in Gastonia, North Carolina. PFC Bell is on panel 42E, line 061 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for less than a year.

Saved my life, in Vietnam, on March 4: I would like to contact family members. John Dickson, 1911 Post Oak Park Drive, #5108, Houston, Tx 77095. dicksonusa@yahoo.com.

I served with him: The Ultimate Sacrifice: March 4, 1968, I lost my Fire Team. Three valiant Marines. Gary Bell, Thomas DeFosse & Carl Harless were killed by an NVA mortar and I was wounded and sent home. These young Marine heroes made the ultimate sacrifice for the country they loved and are honored and loved by all who knew them. I have long wondered about the family and friends they left behind. If anyone would like to correspond, please contact me at my E-Mail. Kevin Kelley, kevindixkelley@mail.com, 804 Cawood, Lansing, Mi., 48915.

Cousin: To everyone, who posted... To Richard, Keven, Manny, Garnet, John and Kimberly ~ Thank you all, for your kind, words. Jody (Gary was, my mom's cousin and I was, looking for information about him, for their church's, Memorial, Day, service and found, this website. We were, so blessed by everything you, all said. I never, knew Jody, as I was only 2, when he was, killed, so, it was nice to read, about what, a hero, he was, to you. My family, really appreciates, what you have, given us. Thank you and God Bless. Lori Brecheen, lori.brecheen@chase.com, Cousin, Jacksonville, Florida.

Served with him: Gary was in a line Platoon and I was in Weapons, 60 Mortars to be exact. We told everyone we were cousins. Truth was we met when Gary checked into Lima ¾. Very squared away Marine. A Marine you could always trust and well liked. He was missed and we will always miss him. To Gary's family, be very Proud of him always! Richard A. Bell, Sergeant Major, USMC Retired. Richard Bell, Jacksonville, NC 28540.

Marine Corps Recruit Center Parris Island SC, Third Battalion Platoon 371, Commenced Training on 10-May-67. Completed Training on 7-July-67. SDI - SSGT R. P. Hunt, JDI - SSGT F. M. Capirci, JDI - SSGT R. E. Shoemaker. Semper Fidelis, Marine!.

Husband of Mrs Christy L Bell, 3217 Carrington Drive, Orlando, Florida 32805; Son of Mrs Clara J. M. Latting, 141 Michigan Avenue, Winter Park, Florida 32789; Step Son of Mr Elbert L Latting, Post Office, Bunkerhill, Indiana 46914; Son of Mr Oscar R Bell, Address unknown.

He served as a Private First Class with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, III MAF, USMC Vietnam.

He was awarded The Combat Action Ribbon(CAR), The Purple Heart Medal with One Gold Star for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal.


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  • Created by: Tom Reece
  • Added: 29 Oct 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 99836710
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Gary Joseph Bell (26 Jan 1949–4 Mar 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 99836710, citing Woodlawn Memorial Park, Gotha, Orange County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Tom Reece (contributor 46857744) .