Charles Leroy Slack, Jr
Private First Class
Army of the United States
New Castle, Pennsylvania
October 26, 1947 to February 15, 1967
CHARLES L SLACK Jr is on the Wall at Panel 15E, Line 36

Charles L Slack
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Charles L Slack



I am enclosing a photo of my brother, Charles L. Slack Jr. He was KIA in Tay Ninh Province on Februrary 15, 1967. During Operation Big Spring, there were 9 men from my brother's unit and a dog handler and his dog. Eight of those men made it out of the bunker, to a nearby creek. The dog handler that my brother was running point for, was shot in the face. My brother tended to his wounds. The men from his unit said they would begin firing, and when they did, my brother and the handler were to try to make it to them. As soon as they got out of the bunker, my brother yelled "grenade", and he jumped on it, saving the handler and his patrol dog.

We do not have many pictures of my brother, so I hope this one will do. I chose it because he has the Airborne patch on. I love that you are going to do a wall of pictures. I would love to see that. It just seems so fitting to do so, and I thank you for that. My name is Peggy Slack Stull. I was 14 when my brother was killed, but there is not a day that goes by, that he is not in my heart.

-- Peggy Slack Stull to the 173rd Airborne Association
to The Virtual Wall, 08/24/2012

Read more stories about Charles, his family, his friend (Valerie R. Kelton), and the man he saved (Wayne McLeister) in the New Castle News, New Castle, PA and the 173rd Airborne Association website,

1) March 26, 2012. A True Hero: Final, selfless moments of Vietnam veteran's life revealed to his family.

2) May 29, 2012 Special salute: Man saved by New Castle native in Vietnam coming to meet his family.

3) June 25, 2012 Video: A day of joy and healing for soldier, family.

4) July 12, 2012 Finding Closure: Mysterious ad writer steps forward to share memories of Charles Slack Jr.

5) 173rd Airborne tribute.

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