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"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"
35th Infantry Regiment
"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"
The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, SP4 Hayzell Calvin Turner, who died in the service of his country on March 21st, 1967 in Kontum Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms/AW. At the time of his death Hayzell was 20 years of age. He was from Batesville, Mississippi. Hayzell is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 17E, Line 15.
I was tight with 3 guys killed on March 21,1967, Joe Champion (Champ), Hazel Turner (Turner) and Carl Anthony (Amp). Turner and Amp were like brothers and Turner had a lisp and could not pronounce the "th" in Anthony, it came out ampony, hence the nickname "Amp". I understand that they found Turner's (a black guy from Mississippi) body draped over Amp's (a white guy from Louisiana). I was medivaced out of the field about March 15, 1967 got hit on the head with a concussion grenade in the battle March 12th, when I got to the hospital they found out I also had Malaria and God spared me being almost assuredly being killed on the 21st, as I was with the 3rd platoon. I know of only 2 or three survivors. Had a heart to heart meeting with Captain Rykowski about two years ago, (I had felt he led my platoon into an ambush) cleared the air and forgave. He was the bravest man I ever saw in combat.