DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
101ST AIR CAVALRY DIVISION
G.O. # 4284 2 AUGUST 1968
AWARD OF THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL WITH "V" DEVICE
Harbert, Charles W RA11571366 (SSN:536-68-8760) Private First
Class (E-3) United States Army Co A, 2nd Battalion (Airborne),
502nd Infantry, APO San Francisco 96383
Awarded : The Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device (Posthumous)
Date Action: 11 May 1968
Theater: Republic of Vietnam
Reason : For heroism in combat against a hostile force in the
Republic of Vietnam. Private First Class Harbert distinguished
himself on a combat operation near Phu Bai, Republic of Vietnam.
His company was set up in a night defense position when they were
attacked by an estimated platoon of North Vietnamese Army
Regulars. Private First Class Harbert's position was one of the
hardest hit by the enemy soldiers, receiving the major portion of
the initial burst of automatic weapons fire and grenades from the
onrushing enemy. Private First Class Harbert was mortally wounded
during the enemy attack, but heedless of his wounds and with
complete disregard for his own personal safety, he continued to
throw grenades and put out a steady volume of suppressive fire.
When the enemy soldiers realized that the perimeter could not be
penetrated, contact was broken. Private First Class Harbert's
actions were instrumental in suppressing the enemy attack. His
personal bravery and devotion to duty are in keeping with the
highest traditions of the military service and reflect great
credit on himself, his unit and the United States Army.
Purple Heart, National Defense service, Vietnam Service, Vietnam
Pfc. Charles Walter Harbert May 12, 1968
FREDERICK NEWS-POST May 17, 1968
PFC CHARLES W. HARBERT, 20. KILLED IN ACTION IN VIETNAM
Word has been received by Mrs. Audrey I. Harbert, 13 North
Maryland Avenue, Brunswick, that her son, Pfc. Charles W. Harbert,
20, has ben killed in action against the enemy in Vietnam.
According to information received Wednesday, Pfc. Harbert "died
from gunshot wounds received when hit by hostile small arms fire
while on combat operations." He was a member of Company H, 2nd Bn,
502 Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. A 1966 graduate of
Brunswick High School, he has been employed by the Brunswick YMCA
and Todd Steel at Point of Rocks. He had also been active in
Little League baseball. He entered service in January, 1967.
Besides his mother, he is survived by two brothers, Floyd D. and
James Harbert, and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Jewell M.
Jordan, Samson, Ala.
FREDERICK NEWS-POST May 29, 1968
PFC CHARLES W. HARBERT
Funeral services will be held Friday for Charles Walter Harbert,
20, who was killed in Vietnam May 12. He was the son of the late
Delno and Audrey Jordan Harbert and is survived by two brothers,
Floyd Delno and James William Harbert. The family will receive
friends at the Feete Funeral Home, Brunswick, Wednesday and
Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. Services will take place on Friday at 2
p.m., with the Rev. Leonard Carmack officiating. Interment will be
in the Lutheran Cemetery, Middletown.
FREDERICK NEWS-POST June 1, 1968
PFC C. W. HARBERT
Funeral services were held Friday from the Feete Funeral Home in
Brunswick at 2 p.m. for Pfc. Charles Walter Harbert. Rev. Leonard
Carmack officiated and Military Honors was accorded by a detail
from Fort Detrick. Interment was in the Lutheran Cemetery,