Purcell, Benjamin Harrison, Jr., COL

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11A-Infantry Officer
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-1973, POW/MIA
Service Years
1946 - 1980



Six Overseas Service Bars

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Purcell, Benjamin Harrison, Jr., COL USA(Ret).
Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Clarksville, GA

Date of Passing
Apr 02, 2013
Location of Interment
Level Grove Baptist Chruch Cemetery - Carnelia, Georgia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

2nd Infantry Division Training and Doctrine Command Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007)

Aide-de-Camp Aiguillette

 Unofficial Badges 

US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
His 2nd Silver Star Citation reads:

For gallantry in action: Colonel Benjamin H. Purcell, Infantry, distinguished himself by gallantry and intrepidity in action as a Prisoner of War in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Southeast Asia during March 1972. With profound courage and a strong conviction in the Code of Conduct he escaped from an enemy prisoner of war camp, knowing that the odds of success were slight and that if recaptured he would receive torture and long periods in solitary confinement. The success of his escape was short lived, and he was recaptured and punished. This officer's actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military services and reflect great credit on him and the United States Army.
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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment61st Infantry Regiment32nd Infantry X Corps
2nd Infantry DivisionInfantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GABasic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School508th Airborne Infantry
US Army Europe (Rear)/(Communications Zone)80th General Support Group, Army Support Command, DanangPOW/MIA
  1950-1950, 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment
  1950-1950, 61st Infantry Regiment
  1951-1951, HHC, 32nd Infantry
  1951-1952, X Corps
  1952-1952, 2nd Infantry Division
  1952-1952, Infantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GA
  1952-1952, Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School
  1952-1953, HHC, 508th Airborne Infantry
  1959-1962, US Army Europe (Rear)/(Communications Zone)
  1967-1968, 80th General Support Group, Army Support Command, Danang
  1968-1973, POW/MIA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1946-1946 Occupation Duty
  1951-1952 Korean War
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Colleges Attended 
North Georgia College and State UniversityArmy Staff CollegeArmy War CollegeShippensburg University of Pennsylvania
  1948-1950, North Georgia College and State University
  1962-1963, Army Staff College
  1973-1974, Army War College
  1973-1977, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
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