Shelton, Charles Ervin, Col

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
00X-Unknown AFSC
Last AFSC Group
AFSC Unknown
Primary Unit
1965-1994, POW North Vietnam
Service Years
1954 - 1994
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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Owensboro, Kentucky
Last Address
Udorn RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Apr 29, 1965
Hostile, Died while Captured
Other Cause
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E 111

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal

 Military Association Memberships
Kentucky Vietnam Veterans MemorialVietnam Veterans Memorial
  1965, Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
School AssignmentsLowry Air Force Base10th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron30th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
10th Tactical Reconnaissance WingAir Training Command29th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron2nd Air Division
18th Tactical Fighter Wing15th Tactical Reconnaissance SquadronPrisoner Of War (POW)
  1954-1955, 1021A, Pilot Training Class (Unknown)
  1956-1956, 1021A, Lowry Air Force Base
  1956-1956, 1021A, Lowry Air Force Base
  1956-1958, 1115A, 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  1958-1959, 1115A, 30th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  1959-1959, 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
  1959-1959, 1115A, Air Training Command
  1959-1962, 1115A, 29th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  1962-1963, 1115A, 2nd Air Division
  1963-1964, 1115A, 29th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  1964-1965, 1115A, 18th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1964-1965, 1115A, 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  1965-1994, POW North Vietnam
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Non-operation sorties/Reconnaissance missions over Laos
 Colleges Attended 
University of Evansville
  1950-1954, University of Evansville
 My Aircraft/Missiles
RB-66 Destroyer  RF-101C Voodoo  
  1956-1959, RB-66 Destroyer
  1959-1965, RF-101C Voodoo
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was shot down and captured in Laos Apr 29, 1965. It is not known when and where he died. Stories did get back that he was an incorrigible prisoner while with the Pathet Lao and due to that, he was reportedly transferred to North Vietnam. He even beat to death 3 of his guards who were mistreating him.
His remains were not recovered. He is memorialized in Arlington with a headstone in Section 36 Grave 123.
He is also memorialized at the Colonel Charles E. Shelton Freedom Memorial in Owensboro, KY, his home town.
Sources differ as to how his death is listed. Some give his shootdown date of Apr 29, 1965; and some give the date he was officially declared dead on Sep 19, 1994. However, witnesses and reports say that his death had to occur between those 2 dates; but exactly when is unknown.
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