Parnell, Richard James, SGT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Field Artillery
Last Primary MOS
13B10-Field Artillery Cannon Crewmember
Last MOS Group
Field Artillery (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 13B10, 1st Field Force Vietnam (I Field Force)
Service Years
1968 - 1969


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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jul 21, 1969
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Other Cause
Binh Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
New Bern National Cemetery - New Bern, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
20W 031

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 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment1st Field Force Vietnam (I Field Force)
  1969-1969, 13E10, 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment/HHB
  1969-1969, 13B10, 1st Field Force Vietnam (I Field Force)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Sgt Richard James Parnell, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Greenville, NC. Graduate of UNC.

Sergeant Richard James Parnell was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army, SGT Parnell served our country until July 21st, 1969 in Kontum, South Vietnam. He was 22 years old and was not married. It was reported that Richard died in the line of duty. His body was recovered. SGT Parnell is on panel 20W, line 031 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for one year.

Rick was my big brother, and gave his life in service to our great country when I was only 7. An image that I'll never forget occurred the day an Army jeep and two servicemen pulled up in front of our NC house in 1969, to deliver the news. When my mom saw the men walking toward the door, she began weeping. Not knowing what was wrong, I joined her! Fortunately, Rick knew the Lord and is with Him today. My family's hope is that this message remains the most important in our lives. Jeffrey H. Parnell.

Rich Parnell died while serving with the HHB, 2/17th Field Artillery. He will not be forgotten. Jack Picciolo,

He was the Son of Mr and Mrs James H Parnell, 1404 Evergreen Road, Greenville, NC.

He served with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Field Force, USARV.

He was awarded The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal.
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