Vest, Charles Robert, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11B20-Infantry Team Leader
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 11B20, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment/C Company
Service Years
1967 - 1968

Specialist 4

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lynchburg , OH
Last Address
Lynchburg , OH

Casualty Date
Oct 07, 1974
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Ngai (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Sunset Memorial Gardens - Franklin Furnace, Ohio
Wall/Plot Coordinates
24E,030/Everlasting Life Gardens, Lot621,Grave 3

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2014, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment
  1967-1967, 11B20, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1967-1967, 11B20, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment/C Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Cincinnati
  1962-1965, University of Cincinnati
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Jim  Cooper
7620 Camp Grove Rd. S.E. Washington C.H. Oh 43160 USA
I remember like it was yesterday when the local Police Chief came out to farm with the telegram about Bob. I looked up to him like no other. I still have all the memories of when he would come to the house & treated me like no other. Bob, I know you're in a better place looking down up on trying to keep me in line,, Thank you for your service & paying the ultimate price, You will always be in my heart.
May 30, 2015

(Note From Cacti KIA Researcher Dick Arnold. Though Charles did not die from his wounds until 1974, we list his Date of Death as the day he was wounded.....July 26, 1967.)

On 26 July 1967 PFC Charles "Bob" Robert Vest was mortally wounded during a firefight while on patrol near Duc Pho in South Vietnam, an area that Paul Vest (Bob's Brother) said was known for a lot of action. He said Bob was shot by a sniper.

According to an article from in Hillsboro OH, Robert's brother Paul said: "Quite frankly, he should have died on the battlefield, but he didn't. We don't know why he didn't,"

Bob went (comatose) from the battlefield to a field hospital, from there to Saigon, then to Yokohama Japan, San Francisco, Cincinnati and finally Fort Thomas, Kentucky, where he spent the last seven years of his life (comatose). Throughout his 7 year struggle, his wife, Lynchburg native Marcie Cooper, never gave up hope.

The effort to have Vest's name added to The Wall was an even longer struggle because Bob's military records could not be located. The effort was led almost solely by his brother, one of two of the 10 Vest children still alive. Paul Vest's struggle began in the mid-1980s when the Traveling Wall came to Portsmouth and he noticed his brother's name wasn't on it. In the 20-plus years since, Paul Vest ran into all kinds of stumbling blocks, so many that at one time he gave up. But he took up the battle again 1990s.

Paul, also a Vietnam Veteran released from active duty in 1967, had said at one time early in the effort: "It occurred to me that if I didn't do something, it might not happen at all". Paul finally heard in 2010 that Bob Vest's military records had been found and his name would be added to The Wall.

On Memorial Day, May 30, 2011, at the annual ceremony at The Wall, the name of Charles Robert Vest will be read along with the other names being added, so it finally will be 'official'. His brother Paul said the Bob was not one who wanted to draw attention to himself, but he thought that Bob would be grateful to have his named added after all these years.


Bob Vest graduated from Minford High School in 1961, and left for Cincinnati to enroll in the Cincinnati Milling Machines apprenticeship program, and at the same time attended the University of Cincinnati.

Vest graduated from college in 1966, and entered the military that same year. After basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, and additional training at Fort Polk, Louisiana.

In March 1967, Vest was sent to Vietnam where he received a debilitating head wound in July of the same year just outside of Pleiku.

Read more: Portsmouth Daily Times - Bob Vest Finally Gets His Place On The Vietnam Memorial Wall

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