Shaub, Charles Lee, TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
11470-Load Master Supervisor
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1974-1976, 11470, 776th Tactical Airlift Squadron
Service Years
1954 - 1976
Technical Sergeant

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Home Town
Portland, TN
Last Address
Portland, TN

Date of Passing
Mar 24, 1997
Location of Interment
Old Halltown Cemetery - Hall Town, Tennessee
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Not Specified

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Technical Sergeant Shaub was nominated for the Medal of Honor.

On the morning of April 15, 1972, SSgt Shaub was flying on a mission with a crew from the776th Tactical Airlift Squadron for an air drop mission over An Loc, Vietnam.  His aircraft which was loaded with Class A explosives was hit by heavy enemy fire.
He and his fellow loadmaster were struck by shrapnel in the cargo department.  Seeing the danger to the aircraft and crew,  SSgt Shaub instinctively released the restraining strap holding the load and set the cargo free.  Two of the pallets exploded as they left the aircraft.  The heat from the bleed air made the metal skin of the fire extinguishers too hot to touch, but SSgt Shaub used one to fight a fire that broke out in the wheel well area.  In spite of his injuries, he managed to put out the fire and save the aircraft.  However, ground fire had knocked out both left-hand engines and there was no hydraulic pressure to lower the landing gear.  With his own hands too badly burned to turn the crank, SSgt Shaub supervised as his fellow crew member cranked down the gear.  They finally extended just as the aircraft reached the traffic pattern at Tan Son Nhut Air Base.  The aircraft lost power from a third engine just before touch-down but the pilot managed to get the crippled aircraft on the ground.

TSgt Shaub was not awarded the medal of Honor.  Still, he received the Air Force Cross, the second highest award presented to U.S. Air Force personnel for heroism.

Sergeant Shaub was initially trained  and flew as a Flight Traffic Specialist, A60650.

TSgt Shaub was interred in Old Halltown Cemetery, near Halltown, Sumner County, Tennessee.

TSgt Shaub was awarded the "Robert H. Pitzenbarger Heroism Award" by the Air Force Sergeants Association. 

Sergeant Shaub was known as Jack Wright by his family.

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US Air ForceLackland Military Training Center (LMTC)1501st Air Terminal Squadron75th Air Transport Squadron
Charleston Air Force BaseMilitary Air Transport Service (MATS)Professional Schools and Courses76th Military Airlift Squadron
Military Airlift Command (MAC)29th Military Airlift Squadron438th Military Airlift WingTraining Units
776th Tactical Airlift Squadron314th Tactical Airlift Wing13th Air ForceUS Air Force
  1954-1954, 1503rd Air Terminal Squadron
  1954-1954, Lackland Military Training Center (LMTC)
  1954-1954, 1501st Air Terminal Squadron
  1956-1957, 1501st Air Terminal Squadron
  1957-1957, 60630, 75th Air Transport Squadron
  1958-1962, 60650, Charleston Air Force Base
  1962-1962, Military Air Transport Service (MATS)
  1962-1962, 11430, Aircraft Loadmaster Airdrop Course
  1962-1966, 11450 , 76th Military Airlift Squadron
  1966-1966, 11450 , Military Airlift Command (MAC)
  1966-1966, 11450 , 1611th Air Transport Wing
  1966-1967, 11450 , 29th Military Airlift Squadron
  1966-1967, 11450 , 438th Military Airlift Wing
  1967-1968, 11450 , 4408th Combat Crew Training Squadron
  1968-1969, 11450 , 776th Tactical Airlift Squadron
  1969-1970, 11450 , 314th Tactical Airlift Wing
  1969-1970, 11450 , 76th Military Airlift Squadron
  1970-1973, 11470, 776th Tactical Airlift Squadron
  1972-1972, 11450 , Tan Son Nhut Air Base
  1972-1972, 11450 , 776th Tactical Airlift Squadron
  1973-1974, 11470, 13th Air Force
  1974-1976, 11470, 776th Tactical Airlift Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1969 Vietnam Air Offensive Phase IV Campaign (1968-69)
  1972-1973 Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (1972-73)
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  1962-1962, C-121 Constellation
  1963-1972, C-130 Hercules
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