Bell, Marvin Earl, SSgt

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Staff Sergeant
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Aircrew Protection
Primary Unit
1970-1970, 56th Special Operations Wing
Service Years
1961 - 1970
Staff Sergeant

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Jun 30, 1970
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
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Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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09W 102

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40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron7th Air Force56th Special Operations Wing
  1969-1970, 113X0, 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
  1969-1970, 7th Air Force
  1970-1970, 56th Special Operations Wing
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HH-53 Sikorsky (Super Jolly Green Giant)  
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Marvin Earl Bell
Staff Sergeant

Remains were returned 03/95 as "120 bone fragments which cannot be degregated, fragments too small for DNA testing as it would "destroy the chips", a dental prostheses, a St. Christopher's medal, coins, buttons, etc. They say the fragments represent a minimum of one person, a maximum of two people, yet they feel this is a full accounting of five men who served our government..." FROM a letter to the Editor, Rochelle News Leader, March 30, 1995, by Dawn Wyatt, niece of Leroy C. Schaneberg. BELL, MARVIN EARL Name: Marvin Earl Bell Rank/Branch: E5/US Air Force Unit: 40th Aerospace Rescue/Recovery Squadron, Udorn Airfield, Thailand Date of Birth: 27 July 1943 Home City of Record: Blytheville AR Date of Loss: 30 June 1970 Country of Loss: Laos Loss Coordinates: 165004N 1063104E (XD617617) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 2 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: HH53C Refno: 1643 Other Personnel In Incident: Michael F. Dean; Paul L. Jenkins; John W. Goeglein; Leroy C. Schaneberg (missing); on nearby OV10A: Williams S. Sanders (missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 March 1991 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 1998. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: On June 30, 1970, a crew from the 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron at Udorn Airfield, Thailand was dispatched to rescue a downed flight crew. Crew aboard the Sikorsky HH53C "Super Jolly" helicopter included the pilot, Capt. Leroy C. Schaneberg, crewmembers Major John W. Goeglein, MSgt. Paul L. Jenkins, SSgt. Marvin E. Bell, and SSgt. Michael F. Dean. The members of the 40th Air R & R were trained for both air and sea recovery, and the big "Super Jolly" was equipped to airlift both the crew and aircraft out of sticky situations. The downed and injured pilot was located in Savannakhet Province, Laos, about two kilometers south of Bang Tang. The HH53C penetrated the area, known to be hostile, in an attempt to rescue the pilot, but was forced away by hostile ground fire. A second attempt was made, but the helicopter was hit by hostile fire, caught on fire, went out of control and crashed. The Air Force states it received evidence on July 4, 1970, that the crew was dead, but that evidence is not specifically described, and no remains identifiable as Bell, Dean, Goeglein, Schaneberg, or Jenkins have been recovered. Schaneberg received the Air Force Cross for extraordinary heroism as the aircraft commander on this rescue mission. On the same day, Capt. Williams S. Sanders was flying an OV10A Bronco southeast of Khe Sanh at a point where Laos veers north to intrude on South Vietnam. His aircraft was shot down just inside Laos, not far from the location of the downed helicopter. The Bronco was generally used for marking targets, armed reconnaissance and forward air control, so the nature of Capt. Sanders' mission and its precise relation to the mission of the Super Jolly from Udorn is unknown. The crew of the helicopter was numerically listed missing before the OV10, so it is does not seem likely that the helicopter was assisting the observation aircraft, but as no other aircraft is missing on that day in that area, either the downed pilot was Sanders or the pilot was rescued by other means. Unfortunately, for families of men missing in Laos, information is difficult to obtain. Twenty and twenty-five year old records remain classified and details obscured.
 Marvin Earl Bell Staff Sergeant 40TH AEROSPACE RESCUE/RECOVERY SQDN, 56TH SOW, 7TH AF United States Air Force 27 July 1943 - 30 June 1970 Blytheville, Arkansas Panel 09W Line 102 The database page for Marvin Earl Bell 03 Nov 2005 Back in the early 1980's I purchased a POW/MIA bracelet with the name of SSgt Marvin Bell. I wore it for a very long time and then tucked it away for safekeeping, hoping one day his remains would be found. Then one day as I'm reading through the Air Force Times I read an article about the remains of a helicopter crew lost many years before being returned and buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Much to my relief Marvin's name is listed and to make matters better, the article included the name and hometown of his sister in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Immediately I called information and got the name of everyone in that city with that last name. On my third try I reached her. I told her who I was and that I wanted to send her his bracelet which I did. She informed me she had just gotten back from Washington DC for his burial. What great news this was because in two weeks I was taking my family to Washington DC on vacation. I explained to my children, ages at the time were 11, 9 and 3, what the bracelet meant and we found his name on the Wall. To this day, my children, now grown, remember that day at Arlington National Cemetery where we all paid our respects and that visit to the Wall to find Marvin's name. It was a tearful event that never can be taken away from us. Karen L. Warden Fort Walton Beach, Florida 25 Apr 2006 Years ago, I purchased a POW/MIA bracelet with Staff Sergeant Bell's name on it. In fact I purchased it while at Lackland AFB, right after finishing boot camp. That was more than a decade ago, but I still wear it til this day and out of respect will wear it from now on in honor of a soldier who paid the greatest price, at such a young age. Mark E. Dale E-Mail will be forwarded by the 24 Jul 2006 Sergeant Bell was from a nearby town and the same county as me. I wish to pay my respects to Sergeant Bell, who personifies the true American hero. My prayers go out to his family. Rest in Peace, Brave Soldier. From a friend, Debrah Notes from The Virtual Wall On 30 June 1970, Captain William S. Sanders, pilot, and SFC Albert E. Mosiello, observer, were conducting a visual reconnaissance mission in an OV-10A (hull number 68-3807, call sign "Nail 44"). Due to mission requirements for handheld photography NAIL 44 was flying below the usual minimum of 1500 feet. The aircraft was taken under fire and hit by a 37mm AAA shell in its left side adjacent to the pilot's position. With his pilot unresponsive and the OV-10 no longer airworthy, Mosiello ejected. The OV-10 had gone down in heavily forested, rugged mountains about 3 miles west of the Lao/South Vietnamese border and 12 miles south of the demilitarized zone (DMZ). A second FAC in the vicinity heard SFC Mosiello's emergency beeper and made radio contact with the downed observer. He then initiated Search and Rescue operations. A HH-53C JOLLY GREEN helicopter (68-08283) from the 40th Air Rescue/Recovery Squadron (ARRS) at Udorn RTAFB, Thailand, was immediately dispatched to the area of loss. The HH-53 crew consisted of Captain Leroy C. Schaneberg, pilot; Major John W. Goeglein, co-pilot; MSgt Paul L. Jenkins, pararescueman; SSgt Marvin E. Bell, flight engineer; and SSgt Michael F. Dean, pararescueman (38th ARRS). As the aircraft hovered over SFC Mosiello's position, it was hit in the rotor head by a rocket propelled grenade. The rotor assembly separated from the fuselage, which rolled over and crashed in a fireball on the ground. No emergency beepers were heard emanating from the helicopter's crash site and the FAC could see no signs of survivors. Although nightfall was approaching, a second effort was staged using a helicopter from Danang and A-1E SANDYs for fire suppression. SFC Mosiello was picked up. In his debriefing statement, SFC Mosiello stated a belief that Captain Sanders had been killed by the AAA hit and that he did not see Sanders eject or another parachute deploy. Search efforts for Captain Sanders and the HH-53 crew continued through the next day, but no beepers were heard, no contact with the downed aircrew was made, and there were no visual sightings of survivors. SAR efforts were terminated and the six men were listed as Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered. In December 1992, a US/Lao team surveyed and excavated the HH-53 crash site. Human remains were recovered and on 7 March 1995 the US government identified the remains as those of the five HH-53 aircrewmen. Efforts to locate the OV-10 crash site were unsuccessful due to the terrain and dense jungle. The point-of-contact for this memorial is one who wears his MIA bracelet, Karen L. Warden Fort Walton Beach, Florida -------------------------------- 68-8283 C 30 Jun 70 40th ARRS Laos Jolly Green 54 Leroy C. Schaneberg John W. Goeglein Marvin E. Bell Paul L. Jenkins Michael F. Dean hit by ground fire during SAR for NAIL 44 (OV-10A), crash site excavated Dec 93, remains identified as a group 7 March 1995. --------------------------------
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