McDowell, Charles Elvin, SSG

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 11B10, 9th Infantry Division
Service Years
1961 - 1968

Staff Sergeant

Two Service Stripes

One Overseas Service Bar

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Rock Hill, SC
Last Address
Rock Hill, SC

Casualty Date
Feb 11, 1968
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Accidental Homicide
Dinh Tuong (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Lincoln Memorial Gardens - Spartanburg, South Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
38E 079

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry 9th Infantry Division
  1967-1968, 11B30, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry
  1967-1968, 11B10, 9th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Sgt. Charles E. McDowell of Spartanburg had been serving with the U.S. Army in South Vietnam for several months when his mother, 43-year-old Mrs. Mabel McDowell Robertson of 151 Washington St,  died at General Hospital on Feb. 9. Sgt. McDowell was notified of his mother's death and was granted emergency leave to return home for her funeral. His stepfather, Harold Robertson Jr., learned Monday that Sgt. McDowell would be returning home, but under even more tragic conditions.  Sgt. McDowell was killed about 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18. According to an unofficial report, he was climbing out of his foxhole and a buddy had extended a rifle toward him to assist him. Sgt. McDowell grasped the extended weapon, then slipped in the mud and fell, causing the firearm to discharge. Sgt. McDowell reportedly was killed instantly.  Surviving in addition to his stepfather are a brother, Lawrence Robertson of the home; a sister, Mrs. Margaret Gist of Spartanburg; and paternal grandmother, Mrs. Ophelia McDowell of Spartanburg. Funeral arrangements are incomplete pending arrival of the body. Published in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal on 2-21-1968.
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