Bass, Charles William, MSG

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11F50-Infantry Operations and Intelligence NCO
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1965-1965, HHC, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry
Service Years
1949 - 1965

Master Sergeant

Five Service Stripes

Four Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Winterset, IA
Last Address
Winterset, IA

Casualty Date
Nov 17, 1965
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Pleiku (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Greenwood Cemetery - Clarksville, Tennessee
Wall/Plot Coordinates
03E 069

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

Air Assault Badge 11th AAD 1964

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 2nd Award
Master Parachutist

 Unit Assignments
MAAG Vietnam (MAAGV)11th Airborne Division2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry 1st Cavalry Division
  1961-1962, MAAG Vietnam (MAAGV)
  1964-1965, 11th Airborne Division
  1965-1965, HHC, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry
  1965-1965, 11F50, 1st Cavalry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1951-1952 Korean War
  1951-1952 Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952
  1961-1962 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (1962-65)/Battle of Go Cong
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)/Operation Silver Bayonet I - Battle of the Ia Drang
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Death in the Tall Grass


By Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway
Posted 10/4/92, Page 4 of 14. 

In his command bunker on the mountainside, the North Vietnamese commander, Colonel An, had already issued his orders: "I ordered the 8th Battalion 66th Regiment [fresh reserves that had not been used in this campaign yet] to attack. And I ordered the 1st Battalion 33rd Regiment to launch an attack from the other side. [They] had only one company, but I told them to come anyway."

In the landing zone, Colonel McDade's battalion sergeant major, James Scott, 42, and the operations sergeant, Charles W. Bass of Winterset, Iowa, who had served an earlier tour in Vietnam as a U.S. adviser, stood with the interpreter and the two prisoners. Charlie Bass didn't believe what the prisoners were saying and wanted to question them further. Scott remembers: "Then Bass said: 'I hear Vietnamese talking' [and] that interpreter really began to look afraid. 'Yes,' he said, 'They are the North Vietnamese Army.' We had NVA all around us! Right about then small-arms fire started up. Charlie was killed right there."

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