Vest, Charles, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 11B10, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment/C Company
Service Years
1967 - 1968

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
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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
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 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord 25th Infantry Division

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2014, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
US Army Vietnam (USARV)25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment
  1967-1967, 11B10, US Army Vietnam (USARV)
  1967-1967, 11B10, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1967-1967, 11B10, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment/C Company
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Last Known Activity

Second District Ohio Congresswoman Jean Schmidt, left, presents the medals earned by Bob Vest, who died of his wounds received in Vietnam, to his sister Frances Murnane, and his brother, Paul Vest, at the Minford High School Alumni Banquet on May 29.

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


The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, SP4 Charles Robert Vest, who died in the service of his country on July 26th, 1967 in Quang Ngai, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Sniper. At the time of his death Charles was 24 years of age. He was from Lynchburg, Ohio.

The decorations earned by SP4 Charles Robert Vest include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.
(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 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. 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.

Vest was taken from the battlefield to the field hospital, to Saigon hospital, to Yokahama, Japan, to San Francisco, to Walter Reed Medical Center, to Cincinnati Veterans Hospital, and finally to Fort Thomas, Kentucky, to a Veterans nursing home, dying in October 1974.

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