Cappelli, Charles Edward, Lt Col Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1115E-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Last Unit
1965-1967, 7th Air Force
Service Years
1957 - 1967
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
Year of Birth
1930
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Providence
Last Address
Providence

Casualty Date
Nov 17, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Not Specified
Conflict
Wars and Conflicts/Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
30E 006

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 Unit Assignments
354th Tactical Fighter Squadron355th Tactical Fighter Wing7th Air Force
  1965-1967, 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1965-1967, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1965-1967, 7th Air Force
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  
  1965-1967, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
 Combat and Operations History
  1965-1975 Wars and Conflicts/Vietnam War
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Cappelli was flying southwest of Hanoi in Hoi Bihn Province as part of an
expanded Rolling Thunder program when his plane was hit and went down.

Cappelli was observed ejecting and his parachute looked normal. That was the
last anyone knew of Charles Cappelli for the next 21 years.

When the war ended in 1973, 591 Americans were released from North
Vietnamese prisons, but Cappelli was not one of them. In fact, there are
nearly 2500 who remain missing.Cappelli's family understands that he did not simply disappear. 

NOTE: In December 1988, the Vietnamese returned the remains of Charles
Cappelli to U.S. control. These remains were positively identified by May
1989, at which the return was publicly announced. The Vietnamese held these
remains, or held Cappelli for just over 21 years.

 

   
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