Bass, Charles William, MSG

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11F10-Infantry Operations And Intelligence Specialist
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1965-1965, HHC, 1st Cavalry Division (Heavy Armored)
Service Years
1949 - 1965
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate

Master Sergeant

Five Service Stripes

Four Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

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 1st Cavalry Division

 Unofficial Badges 

Air Assault Badge 11th AAD 1964

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 2nd Award
Master Parachutist

 Unit Assignments
MAAG Vietnam (MAAGV)11th Airborne Division3rd Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division/2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry (Airmobile)
  1961-1962, MAAG Vietnam (MAAGV)
  1964-1965, 11th Airborne Division
  1965-1965, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry (Airmobile) /HHC
  1965-1965, 3rd Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division/2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry (Airmobile)
  1965-1965, HHC, 1st Cavalry Division (Heavy Armored)
 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 Multiple JUSMAAGV Operations 1959-1963
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)/Operation Silver Bayonet I - Battle of the Ia Drang
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Home of Record:  Winterset, IA
  Date of birth:   02/22/1930

  Service:         Army of the United States
  Grade at loss:   E8
  Rank:            Master Sergeant
  ID No:           17241239
  MOS:             11F4P: Infantry Operations And Intelligence Specialist (Airborne Qual)
  Length Service:  16
  Unit:            HHC, 2ND BN, 7TH CAVALRY, 1ST CAV DIV, USARV

  Start Tour:      08/18/1965
  Incident Date:   11/17/1965
  Casualty Date:   11/17/1965
  Age at Loss:     35
  Location:        Pleiku Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died outright
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Gun or small arms fire
Vietnam Wall Panel coords 03E 069

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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