Reinel, Russell Edward, CPT

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Last Rank
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Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 1st Infantry Division
Service Years
1965 - 1969



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Casualty Info
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Casualty Date
Feb 05, 1969
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Binh Duong (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Benning Post Cemetery - Fort Benning, Georgia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
33W 068

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

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

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Battalion, 26th Infantry1st Infantry Division
  1968-1969, B Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry
  1968-1969, 1st Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
15 Sep 2002

This is to tell the story of a guy who was the Best Company Commander that I ever had.

Russell Reinel was my Commanding Officer in Korea in 1968. He was just a year older than I and most of the lower enlisted men in our company. He wanted to be the best he could at all times and expected his men to be the same. Was he a hard liner, not as could be expected, but had a humanity about him. If you screwed up he let you know, and then asked how he could help you be and do better. During the time we were assigned to the DMZ in Korea, the NK's tried to kill Park Chun Hee. We then had the Navy ship captured (Note: USS PUEBLO), it seemed that WW III was about to happen. His answer to the situation was just do our job and we'll come out all right, and we did. I lost track of him after he did his tour and went back to the states and to what ever he had to do.

Thirty-four years later while I was looking at a website for our old Regiment, I found the name of my old Platoon Leader and contacted him a few days later. When he was talking to me the first thing he told me was that our old CO, Russ Reinel, was killed in action in Vietnam in 1969. This took me back ... in 1986 I had gone to the Wall and did not find his name [never was a great speller]. I had written a paper on him in college and I figured that he by that time was out or the President of some company, big time. My Platoon Leader said that he and some others had tried to find Russ's wife, but could not. I was told that she was an Army Nurse and by looking on line and through many calls got an address from a girl that had gone to nursing school and been assigned to Fort Ord with her. I made a call and to my suprise I got lucky and found her on the first try. All those that had been in his company [in Korea] that found and I were able to help her know Russ more than she had ever before. She told me that through all these years that she always felt that he was trying to reach out to her and through us she was at last able to.

Joseph W . Herber
Sergeant First Class, USAR (Ret)


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