Winston, Charles Cortens, III, Maj Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1325D-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Last Unit
1967-1967, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
Service Years
1960 - 1967
Major

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1938
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Scarsdale
Last Address
Nha Trang AB

Casualty Date
Aug 01, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Vietnam, North
Conflict
Wars and Conflicts/Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
24E 064

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 Unit Assignments
20th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
  1967-1967, 20th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  1967-1967, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
 Colleges Attended 
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  1956-1960, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
 My Aircraft/Missiles
RF-101C Voodoo  
  1967-1967, RF-101C Voodoo
 Combat and Operations History
  1967-1967 Wars and Conflicts/Vietnam War
  1967-1967 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
 
Major Charles Winston was listed as MIA.  His remains were returned on 30 September 1977.
 
Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Captain Charles C. Winston, III, United States Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force over North Vietnam, on 28 June 1967.

On that date, Captain Winston flew wing position in a flight of two unarmed and unescorted RF-101 aircraft against one of the most heavily defended areas of North Vietnam. He exhibited outstanding combat professionalism and courage by obtaining one hundred percent back-up coverage of all targets and then, after sustaining major battle damage with the loss of many major systems, brought the aircraft back to the home base and executed an uneventful barrier type landing.

By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Captain Winston has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

General Orders: Headquarters, 7th Air Force, Special Order G-1988 (November 11, 1967)
Action Date: 28-Jun-67
Service: Air Force
Rank: Captain



Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Captain Charles C. Winston, III, United States Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force near Viet Tri, North Vietnam, on 1 August 1967.

On that date, Captain Winston led two unarmed and unescorted RF-101 aircraft on a vitally important photo reconnaissance mission against one of the most highly defended targets in North Vietnam. While on the target run, his aircraft sustained major battle damage as the result of a Surface-to-Air missile explosion. Despite this, he elected to continue his mission; however, his aircraft had been damaged so extensively that it became uncontrollable and crashed. Captain Winston is missing in action.

By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Captain Winston has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Action Date: 1-Aug-67
Service: Air Force
Rank: Captain





   
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