Kenith Lewis Jarrell

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
29 November 1949 - 23 August 1969
Odessa, Texas
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Kenith L Jarrell

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, RVN Military Merit, RVN Campaign

The database page for Kenith Lewis Jarrell

27 Jan 2004

Kenith was from Odessa, Texas, an oil-field town in West Texas. He attended Permian High School and dropped out before graduation to go into the Marines.

He was one of 45 Ector County, Texas-Vietnam casualties. These are those that listed Odessa, Texas as their home of record. On the Permian Basin Vietnam Memorial at Midland International Airport, there are almost 60 names for Odessa. At the time that Kenith was killed Odessa was a city of about 50,000 people and with 45 to 60 people killed, this represented a huge sacrifice. Odessa had two Medal of Honor Winners in Vietnam, Alfred Mac Wilson, a fellow Marine, and Marvin Rex Young, U.S. Army 25th Infantry Division.

Kenith is not forgotten. His name is on the memorial at the Ector County Cemetery, the memorial at the Ector County Courthouse and as stated the Permian Basin Vietnam Memorial.

16 Jun 2005

Kenith is a first cousin to Randall David Jarrell. Both were from Odessa, Texas; both were 19 when they were killed. Their fathers are brothers and now live near each other in Lafayette, Alabama.

Both men are remembered on the Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans' Memorial.

From a PBVVM representative,
Billy M. Brown
4015 Melody Lane, Odessa, Texas

A Note from The Virtual Wall

PFC Kenith Jarrell was one of three Marines from Golf 2/7 killed in action on 23 Aug 1969:
  • SGT William C. Adams, Junction City, KS
  • PFC Stephen E. Cunningham, Cleveland, OH
  • PFC Kenith L. Jarrell, Odessa, TX

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a hometown representative,
Billy M. Brown
4015 Melody Lane, Odessa, Texas 79762
31 Jan 2004

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