Harrell, Samuel Morgan, 1SG

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Last Rank
First Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Engineer Corps
Last Primary MOS
62N30-Construction Equipment Supervisor
Last MOS Group
Engineer Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1970-1971, 20th Engineer Brigade
Service Years
1947 - 1971

Special Forces
First Sergeant

Eight Service Stripes

Six Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Indian Trail, NC
Last Address
Fayetteville, NC

Casualty Date
Mar 15, 1971
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Long Khanh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Florence National Cemetery - Florence, South Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
04W 049

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Engineer Shoulder Cord

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

 Unit Assignments
3rd Special Forces Group Airborne984th Engineer Company 62nd Engineer Battalion (Construction)20th Engineer Brigade
  1964-1966, 3rd Special Forces Group Airborne
  1970-1971, 984th Engineer Company
  1970-1971, HHC, 62nd Engineer Battalion (Construction)
  1970-1971, 159th Engineer Group
  1970-1971, 20th Engineer Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1947-1950 US Occupation of Germany (WWII)
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Back in the 1960's when JFK authorized the wearing of the Green Beret for Special Forces, it was meant for that a fully SF qualified Soldier would wear this distinctive headgear and by doing so, everyone would know he was a SF qualified. As time went by and more Special Forces Groups were added, distinctive flashes were added to the beret.

Someone made the executive decision to give everyone assigned to a SF group green berets, and the fully SF qualified Soldier would have a Flash on his beret, this is what was known as "Flashing" or being "Flashed". This lasted up to the earlier 1980's. 

From this a problem surfaced, if a "sterile" beret was seen one would know that the individual was either in training or assigned to a group in a support (cook, supply, mechanic, etc.) role.  This left the support personnel without unit recognition, so this is when the birth of the Unit Identification Bar (UIB) (also know as "half-flash", "candy stripe", "candy bar", or "recognition bar") tradition started. Now trainees would wear the training group half-flash while support personnel would wear the Groups half-flash on their green berets. Half -flashing lasted for some years, making them rare, and most collectors are not even familiar with this issue, and if they are, cannot find them. This tradition ended on 1 October 1983, when all personnel assigned to a Group would wear the full flash.
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