Farrell James Vice

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
21 November 1947 - 24 May 1969
Abbeville, LA
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Farrell J Vice

Silver Star

Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, Air Medal, Army Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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15 Apr 2002

Farrell J Vice

SP4 Farrell J. Vice died in service of his country on 24 May 1969.

On the afternoon of 24 May 1969, Farrell was searching an area north of Lai Khe, Binh Duong Province, South Vietnam, when he was mortally wounded by fragments from an enemy booby-trap which exploded close to his location.

Farrell was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action; the Air Medal; the Purple Heart; and the Good Conduct Medal.

Prior to his death, Farrell was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Badge with rifle bar, Sharpshooter Badge with machine gun bar, and the Marksman Badge with automatic rifle bar.

Uncle Farrell is deeply loved and missed but not forgotten.

28 Aug 2003

The message below was left on the First Infantry Division Message Board for my uncle Farrell J Vice. It brings honor to his name by being not only a great soldier but also a great person. Unfortunately the person who wrote it did not leave his name.

I knew your uncle well enough. He was a friendly person who gravitated between several "cliques" of friends. This is the reason I knew him a little better than some. He spent most of his free time playing cards with mostly the black guys, 'bid whist' was the game they played and I didn't know how to play, but tried on several occasions to learn by watching them play. No luck on learning it though. I remember the day he was killed. I wasn't right there but was within eye-shot but my view was obstructed by something, I don't remember what. I do remember he didn't suffer. The bad part about his passing was he had a lot of friends in many groups and the company had not had a casualty in some time. He had the ability to circulate within and between these groups, his passing hit everybody hard. Plus, he had been with Alpha Co. for a while and usually it was the newer guys who 'got hit'. One of the bad things about what had happened was his death shattered a type of bond that only he seemed to be able to forge between the blacks and everybody else, it was never repaired. Sorry for your loss. Hope that helps some.

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