Medal of Honor
HARVEY, CARMEL BERNON, JR.*
Rank and organization: Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile)
Place and date: Binh Dinh Province, Republic of Vietnam, 21 June 1967
Entered service at: Chicago, Illinois
Born: 6 October 1946, Montgomery, West Virginia
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp4c. Harvey distinguished himself as a fire team leader with Company B, during combat operations. Ordered to secure a downed helicopter, his platoon established a defensive perimeter around the aircraft, but shortly thereafter a large enemy force attacked the position from 3 sides. Sp4c. Harvey and 2 members of his squad were in a position directly in the path of the enemy onslaught, and their location received the brunt of the fire from an enemy machinegun. In short order, both of his companions were wounded, but Sp4c. Harvey covered this loss by increasing his deliberate rifle fire at the foe. The enemy machinegun seemed to concentrate on him and the bullets struck the ground all around his position. One round hit and armed a grenade attached to his belt. Quickly, he tried to remove the grenade but was unsuccessful. Realizing the danger to his comrades if he remained and despite the hail of enemy fire, he jumped to his feet, shouted a challenge at the enemy, and raced toward the deadly machinegun. He nearly reached the enemy position when the grenade on his belt exploded, mortally wounding Sp4c. Harvey, and stunning the enemy machinegun crew. His final act caused a pause in the enemy fire, and the wounded men were moved from the danger area. Sp4c. Harvey's dedication to duty, high sense of responsibility, and heroic actions inspired the others in his platoon to decisively beat back the enemy attack. His acts are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.
The following message from Clyde Harvey was received on 13 February 2003:
My name is Clyde Harvey, I am the brother of Carmel B. Harvey. I found your site for the Medal of Honor winners. Thank you so much for your time and research.
The following message from Joyce O'Brian was received on 22 September 2000:
Carmel Harvey was a classmate of mine at George Washington High School in Chicago. I have always remembered him fondly as he was a gangly and friendly kid with an infectious smile and a great southern accent; a little odd for Chicago.
Over the years I have been so proud to tell my husband and children that I counted him as one of my teenage buddies.
In Chicago on the South side Olive-Harvey College has been named for Carmel and another south side Medal of Honor winner, Milton Olive. Also there is a street sign near 130th and Torrance bearing his name and I understand that Washington H. S. has named it's gymnasium after him too.
All this must be little comfort to his mother and other family members. I would like them to know that each time he is remembered, he is remembered with a prayer of thanksgiving for giving his life to save another. He will always be young, and always be known to been a kind and a brave man.
Thanks so much for maintaining this website. I was a classmate of Carmel's at George Washington High School. While I cannot say that I was a close friend of Carmel's, I can say that I fondly remember him, am proud of his bravery, and take every opportunity I can to tell others of his great sacrifice.
I am in the process of petitioning the Chicago Park District to name a Park in honor of Carmel B. Harvey, as they have the other Chicago posthumous Medal of Honor recipient from the Vietnam War.
Rose Marie Pilipowski
George Washington High School
Class of 1965
--- General / Personal ---
Last name: HARVEY
First name: CARMEL BERNON JR
Home of Record (official): CHICAGO
State (official): IL
Date of Birth: Sunday, October 6, 1946
Marital Status: Single
--- Military ---
Serial Number: 54800275
Component: Selective Service
Pay grade: E4
MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 11B20
--- Action ---
Start of Tour: Thursday, October 27, 1966
Date of Casualty: Wednesday, June 21, 1967
Age at time of loss: 20
Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died
Reason: Gun, small arms fire (Ground casualty)
Country: South VietNam
Province: Binh Dinh
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