Charles E AndersonSpecialist Four
AVIATION SECTION, BDE HHC, 199 INF BDE
Army of the United States
14 August 1948 - 16 February 1968
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In memory of Uncle Charlie, loving father, son, and brother. Although I was not fortunate enough to be a part of his life, he set an example of how to live and he did it with a maturity beyond his years. He stood tall in the face of adversity and he gave all for his country. He is a HERO in my eyes, as well as others', and will forever be a part of my life.
God bless you, Uncle Charlie.
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Charlie (Andy as we all called him) was a good friend of mine. We were in the same hootch at the airfield and did a little partying together. He was a good guy and a great crew chief. He was so good he got an old Huey that was supposed to be used for parts airworthy and then got it certified to fly. He loved that ship and that is the one he was on when he got killed.
They where leaving a hot Landing Zone and the pilot asked crew (doorgunner on right and crewchief on left) if they were clear from rear for takeoff. Andy stood up from the gunwell, looked out over his machinegun and replied "Clear left", and the pilots then took off. They tried to talk to Andy on the flight back but got no response. This was not thought to be a big deal because many times the intercom plugged into the helmet would not work or it got un-plugged due to movement. Upon landing they discovered that Andy had been shot in the head, they assumed right after his last statement. It hit his crew and all of us very hard.
Andy was full of life - he always talked about his wife and kids and always tried to have a good time in a bad place. He was an excellent mechanic and after he got his maintenance done on his Huey he would go around to others to see if they needed help. Everyone felt a deep loss, everyone that knew him felt a deep loss.
May he rest in peace.
It has been a lot of years since my brother lost his life in Vietnam and it has taken me many years to come to grips with this. I spoke with Art Grosch and he has no idea how much I appreciate his call. I want to thank him. Charlie was 2 years older than me and I idolized him as my older brother and thought nothing could hurt him. I have wanted to talk to anyone that could tell me anything about him and his time over there. I'm sure people with him don't realize the importance of this but don't want to discuss it and understandably so. If anyone out there can tell me anything - I would greatly appreciate it. I still miss him very much. I miss the good times we should have had instead of the young years when 2 brothers this close in age only fight. If you can share anything about him you have no idea how much it would be appreciated. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks to all of you guys!
From his brother,
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 4 Feb 2002
Last updated 07/20/2007