Retired Maj. Gen. Eldon A. Bargewell dies in East Alabama lawnmower accident
By: Samuel Sachs Chuck Williams
Posted: Apr 30, 2019
(WRBL) - Former Delta Force Commander and retired Major General Eldon A. Bargewell has died, age 72, Barbour County Coroner Chip Chapman confirmed.
Bargewell died in a lawnmower accident at his Eufaula, Ala., home on Monday.
Bargewell was pronounced dead at 9:36 p.m. CDT, following when a lawnmower rolled over an embankment behind his house on Barbour creek, said Chapman.
He was an American soldier who fought on the nation's battlefields from Vietnam to Afghanistan.
Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jeff Mellinger has known Bargewell for 45 years.
"I remember in 1974 as a young Ranger in the still-forming 2d Ranger Battalion at Fort Lewis seeing and meeting quite a few legendary and highly decorated officers and non commissioned officers. Among those was Lt. Eldon Bargewell," Mellinger said. "Eldon stood out even then amongst those giants, for he had earned a Distinguished Service Cross for his actions in 27 September 1971 as a Staff Sergeant while serving with Command and Control (North), Studies and Observations Group, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)."
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