Poole, Charlie Sherman, CMSgt

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Last Rank
Chief Master Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
111X0-Defensive Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1972-1972, 307th Strategic Wing
Service Years
1951 - 1972
Chief Master Sergeant

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Home State
Louisiana
Louisiana
Year of Birth
1932
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Gibsland, LA
Last Address
U-Tapao RTAFB

Casualty Date
Dec 19, 1972
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01W 096

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 Unit Assignments
Air Force Reserve Command 346th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy307th Strategic Wing
  1951-1972, Air Force Reserve Command
  1972-1972, 346th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1972-1972, 307th Strategic Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1951-1953 Korean War
  1965-1973 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
  1972-1972 Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (1972-73)/Operation Linebacker II
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-29 Superfortress  B-36 Peacemaker  B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  
  1951-1953, B-29 Superfortress
  1955-1960, B-36 Peacemaker
  1965-1972, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
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Comments/Citation

Capt. Hal K. Wilson was in the lead aircraft of a B52 cell from Utapao. Also
on board his aircraft were crew men MAJ Fernando Alexander, CAPT Charles A.
Brown, Jr., CAPT Henry C. Barrows, CAPT Richard W. Cooper Jr. (the
navigator), and SGT Charlie S. Poole (the tailgunner). Wilson's aircraft was
hit by a SAM near his target area and crashed in the early morning hours of
December 19, sustaining damage to the fuselage. In the ensuing fire, there
was no time for orderly bailout, but as later examination of radio tapes
indicated, all six crewmen deployed their parachutes and evidently safely
ejected. The aircraft damage report indicated that all six men were
prisoner.

Radio Hanoi announced in news broadcasts between 19 and 22 December that the
six crewmen had been captured. When the war ended, however, only four of the
crew returned from Hanoi prisons. Hanoi has remained silent about the fate
of Charlie Poole and Richard Cooper.
 
   
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