K Troop 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

The Blackhorse In Vietnam 1966 - 1972

hosted by Bob Hersey


Michael Edward Darnell


PFC - E3 - Army - Selective Service
11th Armored Cavalry
20 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on Aug 07, 1949
His tour of duty began on Oct 17, 1969
Casualty was on Jan 11, 1970
Hostile, died of wounds
Body was recovered

Remains Intered

Wylies Chapel Cemetery, Montgomery County, TN

Panel 14W - - Line 25

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Jane Wall Mosely remembers Michael Edward Darnell

August 8, 2006
"I Love You"
Posted By: Jane Wall Mosely
e-Mail: jane@stormpay.com
Relationship: Friend

I dated Mike for three years.  We were to be married.  I loved him and miss him.   Today, I thought I would look up his name on the internet and just found this site.   Mike was a great and fun person.  He loved driving and wrecked three cars before he left for Vietnam.  Thanks for this site as this is more information about Mike and the day he died than I knew.

Jerry D. Lee remembers Michael Edward Darnell

July 3, 2006
"My Friend Forever"
Posted By: Jim Pendleton
e-Mail: carlea53@hotmail.com
Relationship: Friend

I'll never forget the day I met you in Quan Loi. You were assigned to my crew Track 22 Lead Scout Crew.  I liked you the minute I first met you. SSG. Godfrey made you right gunner. We became good friends, You left our track in early January to drive for another crew. I tried to talk you out of it but you wanted to be a driver instead of a gunner.

I'll never forget that morning of the 11th. A soldier came to our track and told us there was a man wounded bad and needed help. I went with him, even though it was still dark as soon as I knelt beside you I knew it was you. We carried you back to my track with the other wounded.  The Lt. told us a helicopter was on the way.  I held a strobe light but the pilot refused to land and we were forced to move to a new location where he would pick up the wounded.

Finally we had you out of there. I prayed hard that you would be okay but word came that you never made it. There has never been a day since that I don't think of you. My heart hurts for you. Knowing you changed my life forever I will always love you as a brother.  I look forward to the day we get to meet again.

Jim Pendleton remembers Michael Edward Darnell

May 29, 2002
"The All American Kid"
Posted By: Jim Pendleton
e-Mail: pendletn@emerytelcom.net
Relationship: Buddy

Michael and I arrived in country the same day. We were soon close friends.  I remember the day we lost him.  We were all upset because the dustoff had such a hard time getting him out.  It seemed to take for ever and then we heard that he did not make it.  Man, what a shock that was.  Darnell was a guy that seemed to have everything to live for.  He was a  regular all American kid.  He had looks, intelligence and was just a real nice guy.  It still hunts me why a nice guy like that would die such a needless death!  I for one will Never forget him!

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