Knowles, Charles Milford, 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 14th Special Operations Wing
Service Years
1967 - 1970
Officer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Denison, TX
Last Address
Phan Rang AB

Casualty Date
Apr 28, 1970
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Gia Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Cedarlawn Memorial Park - Sherman, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
11W 064

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
17th Special Operations Squadron14th Special Operations Wing
  1969-1970, 17th Special Operations Squadron
  1969-1970, 14th Special Operations Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1970 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
AC-119G/K Shadow/Stinger  
  1969-1970, AC-119G/K Shadow/Stinger
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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
1st Lt Charles Knowles was killed along with his crew aboard an AC-119G (tail #53-8155), call sign "Shadow 78". The aircraft was lost due to engine failure upon take off from Tan Son Nhut Airbase, Vietnam.

"Shadow 78" carried a normal crew of eight.:
Lt. Thomas L. Lubbers; (AC commander)
Lt. Charles M. Knowles; (co-pilot)
Maj. Meredith Anderson (Navigator/NOS )
Maj. Robert Bokern; (Navigator/NOS ) (SURVIVED)
MSgt. Joseph C. Jeszeck (flight engineer)
SSgt: Robert f. Fage Jr. (gunner)
Sgt. Michael J. Vangelisti (gunner)
SSgt. Allen Chandler (Illuminator Operator) (SURVIVED) 

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