In Memory Of

Charles Leroy Eller

PFC - E3 - U.S. Army
Age 18, Single
Delta Company
2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry
1st Cavalry Division, Airmobile
Born: March 10, 1947
From Warrensville, North Carolina
Tour began August 16, 1965
Died: Wednesday, November 17, 1965
Ia Drang Valley - South Vietnam
Cause: Multiple Fragmentation Wounds

When Charles Eller died on that battlefield in far away Vietnam in November of 1965, as his body was being retrieved, a New Testament fell from a pocket and was retrieved by a soldier named Don Snedeker of B Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry. More than 30 years later, the Testament was returned to the older sister of Charles Eller, Miriam Moose of Statesville, North Carolina. In a letter, Miriam wrote the following.

"Charles was the love of our mother's life and also my sister and mine also. He wanted our Mother to sign for him to go in the service. He was anxious to travel and see the world. It breaks my heart to think how excited he was. He called Mother when he was getting on the ship from California to go overseas, little did he know the danger for him ahead. He was such a loving and caring person and he loved his family and life so much. To this day I have never gotten over his death. He was only 19 years old when killed. He bought a 1958 Chevrolet car which sat in Mothers garage until she passed away in 1983. Our Mother lived 14 years from the time Charles was killed and never got over his death. He was her baby boy..."

The Testament Don Snedeker had picked up from the killing field in the Ia Drang Valley of Vietnam, finally found its way to Miriam Moose, in the spring of 2001, some 35 years after it fell from Charles Ellers body.