~MEMBERS CAREER BIOGRAPHY~
Charles was stationed at NKP with the 21st Special Operations Squadron from July 1968 thru June 1969......flying the CH-3E's. For a good bit of the time his crew included Captain Sam Culp, co-pilot with SSgt James Moore and TSgt Donald Cramer as the flight engineers (and hoist operators and gunners). Charles says “It was a "great" crew in my estimation......and one reason why I survived my tour.”
My helicopter assignments included:
1958 - 1961 At Tyndall AFB , Panama City, FL. with the 4756th Drone Squadron on H-21's, recovering Firebee drones from the Gulf of Mexico.
1961 - 1964 At Eielson AFB, Fairbanks, Alaska with the 5010th Air Base Wing on H-21's for search and rescue.
1964 - 1965 At Lowry AFB, Denver, CO. with Lowry Tech Training Center on H-21's for Titan missile site support.
1965 - 1968 At Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, TX. with the 3637th Flying Training Squadron Pilot Training School as Chief, Pilot Instructor H-19/CH-3 Training (USAF Helicopter).
1968 - 1969 At Nakhon Phonom RTAFB, Thailand with the 21st SOS on CH-3E's.
1969 - 1970 At Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, TX., CH-3, Chief, Pilot Instructor Training (USAF Helicopter 3637th Flying Training Squadron Pilot Training School).
1970 - 1971 At Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, TX., CH-3, Chief, Stan/Eval (USAF Helicopter Pilot Training 3637th Flying Training Squadron School).