Gary Bell

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Gary Bell


Gary Bell is a veteran of the US Navy and served in Vietnam from 1966 to 1970. Bell grew up in Putnam County and currently resides in Montgomery County Indiana in a family that was and is heavily involved in military service. His father served in the Army during WWII. In the Navy Bell worked as an 8404 Hospital Corpsman and was assigned to the 1st Marine Unit in Vietnam, an assignment he grew to love. During the Vietnam War Bell was stationed in Phu Bai where he worked to save the lives of injured Marines. Bell is highly decorated having been awarded the Purple Heart, Navy Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon. After returning from Vietnam, Bell was assigned to the Naval Base in Key West, Florida. Upon his retirement from the Navy in 1970 he joined the Crawfordsville Police Department where he reached the rank of Lieutenant. Bell is now retired and is passionate about helping other veterans in the region as the Commander of Disabled Veterans Association. He is also involved in the American Legion and VFW.


Drew Delor and Corbin Landrum


Wabash College


April 2nd, 2020

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Lt. Gary Bell
Gary Bell in his police uniform.

Gary Bell, 1969
Gary Bell, Navy, 1969

Gary Bell at Notre Dame vs Navy Football Game, 2015
Veteran Gary Bell attending Notre Dame game, 2015

Gary Bell describes about his medical training.

Gary Bell recounts basic training.

Gary Bell discusses his friends who died in Vietnam and how he felt about being a survivor.

Gary Bell's thoughts on the military as a fraternity.

Gary talks about when he came home and was confronted with protesters.
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