King, Charles Douglas, CMSgt

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Last Rank
Chief Master Sergeant
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 92350, 3rd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group
Service Years
1966 - 1968
Chief Master Sergeant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Muscatine, IA
Last Address
Nakhon Phanom RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Dec 25, 1968
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Greenwood Cemetery - Muscatine, Iowa
Wall/Plot Coordinates
36W 076

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1968, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aircrew Enlisted (Basic)
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
US Army (USA)Air Force Bases/ InstallationsClark Air Base40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
3rd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group
  1967-1967, US Army (USA)
  1967-1967, Fairchild Air Force Base
  1967-1968, Clark Air Base
  1968-1968, 92350, 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
  1968-1968, 92350, 3rd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Non-operation sorties/Reconnaissance missions over Laos
 Colleges Attended 
Iowa State University
  1965-1966, Iowa State University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
HH-3/CH-3E  Jolly Green Giant  
  1968-1968, HH-3/CH-3E Jolly Green Giant
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
See detailed notes to the right
Air Force Cross

Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pride in presenting the Air Force Cross (Posthumously) to Airman First Class Charles Douglas King, United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as a Pararescue Specialist in an HH-3E Rescue Helicopter of Detachment 1, 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, 3d Air Rescue and Recovery Group, Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, in action near Ban Lathama, Mahaxia District, Khammouan Province, Laos, on 25 December 1968.

On that date, Airman King was aboard a helicopter engaged in the recovery of a downed United States Air Force pilot from an extremely hostile area. With complete disregard for his own safety, Airman King voluntarily descended on a rescue hoist more than one hundred feet to the ground to aid the injured pilot. Once on the ground, he carried the rescue device to the pilot, freed him from the parachute, secured him to the rescue device, and then used the cable hoist to drag the pilot to a point near the hovering helicopter. Suddenly, enemy soldiers closed in and directed automatic weapons fire at Airman King, the injured pilot, and the helicopter.

Though wounded, Airman King, in an extraordinary display of courage and valor, placed his comrades lives above his own by refusing to continue their exposure to the murderous enemy fire. Without taking time to secure himself to the hoist cable, he radioed that he was hit and for the helicopter to pull away. Airman King made this selfless decision with the full realization that once the helicopter departed, he would be alone, wounded, and surrounded by armed, hostile forces.

Through his professional dedication, aggressiveness, and extraordinary heroism, Airman King reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: December 25, 1968
Service: Air Force
Rank: Airman First Class
Company: Detachment 1, 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
Regiment: 3d Air Rescue and Recovery Group
Division: Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand
LINKS: (AWARDS) (page 14-15)

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