Charles Elbert BealsSpecialist Four
D CO, 2ND BN, 506TH INF RGT, 101 ABN DIV
Army of the United States
27 September 1948 - 08 July 1971
French Lick, IN
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REMEMBERED ACROSS THE YEARS
NotesOn 7 July 1970, D Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry, was conducting a move to contact against North Vietnamese Army units operating in the Thua Thien/Quang Tri provincial border area. As the lead platoon worked its way up-hill toward the suspected enemy, the point was engaged with rocket-propelled grenade fire. The platoon leader saw the point man, SP4 Lewis Howard, and an assistant machine gunner, SP4 Charles E. Beals, wounded by the first RPG rounds. Before Beals could be moved to cover, he was hit in the back and the neck by at least three machine gun rounds. Both men lay in the contested area between the entrenched NVA and the advancing US troops.
Immediate attempts by the remainder of the platoon to recover Beals and Howard were forced back by heavy enemy attack. Over the next six hours the balance of D Company made additional efforts to force the enemy from the area but intense enemy fire continued and the US troops withdrew without recovering the two men.
D Company lost four men in the fighting:
SP4 Howard was continued in MIA status until 11 September 1978, when the Secretary of the Army approved a Presumptive Finding of Death.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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