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is honored on Panel 22E, Line 38 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Tribute to Sky Soldier

    Posted on 6/19/18 - by Mike Switzer
    On behalf of those who served with you in the 173rd Airborne Brigade (Separate) and all who followed, we offer our respect and remembrance of your ultimate sacrifice. May you never be forgotten and your family and friends take comfort in your valor in serving.
  • Thank You

    Posted on 4/22/18 - by Lucy Micik
    Dear Sp4 Charles Deedrick,
    Thank you for your service as an Infantryman. Your 73rd birthday just passed. Happy birthday. It is so important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 6/22/15 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 Charles Orvis Deedrick Jr, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter

    Posted on 5/26/15 - by Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, Minnesota
    The "Battle of the Slopes" began as a routine search and destroy mission conducted by the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry. Early on 22 July A Company left its night laager with 2nd Platoon in the lead, then 3rd Platoon, with the Command Group and 1st Platoon bringing up the rear. At 0658, 2nd Platoon's point squad ran into several North Vietnamese Army (NVA) troops, initiating an intense firefight which prevented 2nd platoon from linking up with its point squad. The remainder of A Company then came under attack by the NVA, isolating the three Platoons one from the other.

    Heavy fighting continued through the morning. A Company's 1st and 2nd platoons were down to fifteen effective men when radio contact was lost at about 1100. At this point the Command Group and 3rd Platoon themselves were surrounded and heavily engaged. Shortly afterwards, the 2nd platoon's senior surviving Sergeant withdrew his remaining men to the Company Command Post, placing thirty-five wounded and thirty effective soldiers within the 3rd Platoon's defensive perimeter. At 1140 the Company Commander decided to move back up the ridge to a more defensible position, a move completed by about noon. Thus at noon time:

    • A Company was dispersed and surrounded, with 1st and 2nd Platoon's dead and wounded separated from the Command Group/3rd Platoon defensive perimeter.

    • The Battalion reserve, B Company, had been inserted into a single-ship landing zone several hundred meters away and was beginning to move out toward A Company's position.

    • C Company was conducting an assault through entrenched NVA troops in an effort to reach A Company

    B Company was engaged by 1230. The remaining men of A Company still were under heavy assault and were not relieved by C Company until about 1430. A landing area was cleared and the remnants of A Company extracted. As the afternoon continued, C Company was able to secure and search the area around the A Company defensive position but night fell before they could extend the search into the areas where A Company's 1st and 2nd Platoons had fought. B and C Company set up separate defensive positions for the night. As the 2/503 soldiers waited through the night, anticipating an all out attack, the men heard shots punctuated by screams as the NVA executed the American wounded. At dawn, B and C Companies searched the battlefield. They found only one survivor from A/2/503; he had survived both his initial wounds and a close-range head shot. Forty-three American soldiers had died from head wounds inflicted at close range.

    Further clearing operations on the 23rd and 24th confirmed heavy losses among the NVA troops and identified the NVA unit involved as the 6th NVA Battalion, 24th NVA Regiment.

    The final results of the engagement were as follows:
    • U. S. Losses: 76 killed and 23 wounded (74 dead from A Company).
    • ARVN losses: 1 ARVN interpreter/advisor and 2 CIDG killed.
    • Enemy Losses: 106 NVA KIA (Body count), 407 NVA KIA (POSS), 3 POWs.

    SP4 Charles O. Deedrick was one of the 74 men from A/2/503 who died that day.
  • Peace with Honor

    Posted on 3/26/14 - by Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, Minnesota
    You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor Charles.
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