JARRELL, RANDALL DAVID
JARRELL, RANDALL DAVID
Rank / Branch:
LCPL E-3, U.S. Marine
3RD MARINE DIVISION
Date of Birth:
HOSTILE, DIED EXPLOSION
Awards & Decorations:
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RANDALL DAVID JARRELL, LANCE CORPORAL, USMC, ODESSA, ECTOR COUNTRY, TEXAS
AWARDS ABD DECORATIONS
Bronze Star with "V" device, Purple Heart with 2 stars (3 awards), National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Randy was born February 20, 1947 in Dadeville, Tallapoosa County, Alabama. He was the oldest child of Imogene Clifton and Joe David Jarrell, formerly of Odessa. He had a younger brother Don and a younger sister Barbi. His family moved to Odessa around the time that Randy started to school. He attended elementary school in Odessa, attended Bonham Junior High School and Hood Junior High School and then attended and graduated from Permian High School, Class of 1965. While at Permian, Randy played in the marching and concert bands, playing cornet. He also enjoyed playing the guitar as a hobby.
Randy loved life and lived it to the maximum. After high school and a short vacation, as Randy called it, he joined the U.S. Marine Corp on a four year enlistment and left for recruit training at San Diego, California on July 30, 1965. He then completed infantry ITR at Camp Pendleton, California. After stateside duty and additional training, Randy joined his unit in Okinawa in the spring of 1966. He was assigned to K Company, Third Battalion, Fourth Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. The unit deployed to Vietnam in June 1966.
Randy was wounded when he received a shrapnel wound on July 31, 1966 and again in September 1966, earning his second purple heart. His unit was operating primarily in areas near the DMZ. There on December 12, 1966, his platoon engaged a hostile Viet Cong force and Randy was killed from a rocket/mortar. He died from massive fragmentary wounds.
Randy and Buddy-October 1966 in Vietnam
Randy's parents had left Odessa a short time after Randy entered the Marine Corp and they had moved to Laurel, Mississippi. Shortly before Christmas 1966, Randy, a 19 year old Lance Corporal was laid to rest with full military honors in the City Cemetery in Alexander City, Alabama.
Randy was one of six in his graduating class 1965 at Permian High School to perish in Vietnam. The others were Bobby L. Eaton, USMC; Mike Gladden, U.S. Army Airborne; John Neary III, U.S. Army Airborne; Dale Farris, U.S. Air Force and Marvin Rex Young, U.S. Army recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Randy's first cousin, Kenith Jarrell was killed in Vietnam, also while serving in the Marines and he also died at age 19. Kenith now rests next to him in the City Cemetery in Alexander City. Randy's mother died in 2003 and is also buried in the same family plot. His brother, Don was killed in a car accident on May 15, 1995 and is buried in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Odessa. Don's son and Randy's name sake, Thomas Randall Jarrell, was killed in Desert Storm in 1991 while serving with the Army National Guard. His sister, Barbara married James Burr Smith and they live in Ardmore, Tennessee. His father lives in Lafayette, Alabama.
Alexander City, Alabama Cemetery
Graves Sites Kenith and Randall Jarrell-First Cousins-Alexander City, Alabama