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CHARLES FREDERICK FENTER


is honored on Panel 1W, Line 99 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Thank You

    Posted on 8/30/18 - by Lucy Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    Dear Msgt Charles Fenter,
    Thank you for your service as a Weapons Maintenance Technician. Another national holiday is coming, and we honor you this Labor Day. It has been too long, and it's about time 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.
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  • In Rememberence

    Posted on 5/27/18 - by Don Landis mrdlandis@aol.com
    Don Landis
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    In memory of an old buddy and friend. Charlie Fenter was a great guy, we met on my first assignment at Luke AFB and shared Quarters, until he shipped out to survival school. I hooked up with him again when I got overseas, he was a gunner on an AC130 Gunship, and I saw him just before their fateful mission over Laos. It was tough for all of us not really knowing the full fate of the crew over a hostile territory. Glad though, that the remains recovery operation at Hickam AFB, pressed on for a full accounting of MIA personnel after the war, and his remains were recovered and he was laid to rest in Arlington. Charlie and his family, along with so many others deserve the respect and nation's diligence to finalize that last chapter of their lives. Forever in their debt, God Bless them, and may they rest in peace.
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  • Fellow Airman, Fred Fenter

    Posted on 8/20/16 - by Jeff Baggett justdad25@aol.com
    I met Fred when we were in boot camp at Lackland Air Force Base the summer of 1971. We were then stationed at Lowry AFB in Denver for munitions school and at Luke AFB AZ for our first assignment. Fred was a good friend and a top notch guy, very likable, fun and a man with good moral character. While we were stationed there in Arizona I had the pleasure of meeting his Mother and sister. I still often think of Fred and wonder what happened to his family. I spoke with his Mother about the time his remains were recovered, and she was not in good health. I am sure he would have been very successful and a great person if he had not met this tragic fate. I salute you my old friend! Please know you are not forgotten.
    If any of his friends or family ever reads this please feel free to contact me, as I would like to hear from you. Jeff Baggett.. justdad25 @aol.com. Thank you.

    Fred is the second from the left of the first row.
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  • Until We Meet Again:

    Posted on 11/13/15 - by Paul Merino
    Fred, I still miss you, buddy. Time has not dimmed the pain from your loss. We were best buddies all through high school... we may as well have been biological brothers. We could talk about everything and anything. I miss your roaring laughter at my comedy skits and cartoon strips. I have told my wife stories about you all the time over the years. I wish you had returned from the war and found as awesome a wife as I have. You deserved so many good things in life, and it just isn't right that you left this world at 19 years old. So many future good times and smiles were cancelled on 21 December, 1972.

    God bless you, brother, I'll see you again one day.

    Paul
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  • Final Mission of MSGT Charles F. Fenter

    Posted on 2/1/15 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    An AC-130A gunship, "Spectre 17", flown by CAPT Harry R. Lagerwall, departed Ubon Airbase, Thailand on an interdiction mission to interrupt enemy cargo movements along the Ho Chi Minh Trail on December 21, 1972. The crew onboard numbered 16, including MSGT Rollie K. Reaid, CAPT George D. MacDonald, SMS John Q. Winningham, MAJ Francis A. Walsh Jr., CMS James R. Fuller, SMS Robert T. Elliott, MAJ Robert L. Liles Jr., LTC Harry R. Lagerwall, COL Paul O. Meder, LTC Thomas T. Hart III, CAPT Stanley N. Kroboth, MSGT Charles F. Fenter, CAPT Joel R. Birch, Richard Williams, and Carl E. Stevens. During the flight to the target, the aircraft was hit by ground fire and after 10 minutes of level flight, the fuel exploded. Two of the crew, Williams and Stevens, bailed out safely and were subsequently rescued hours later. The partial body of Joel Birch (an arm) was later recovered some distance away from the crash site. Heat-sensitive equipment which would pinpoint the location of human beings in the jungles was used to search for the rest of the crew with no success. It was assumed that the missing crewmen were either dead or were no longer in the area. According to intelligence reports, several piles of bloody bandages and 5 deployed parachutes were seen and photographed at the crash site. Also, later requests through the Freedom of Information Act revealed a photo of what appeared to be the initials "TH" stomped in the tall elephant grass near the crash site. In the early 1980's a delegation comprised in part of several POW/MIA family members visited the site of the aircraft crash in Laos. Mrs. Anne Hart found material on the ground in the area which she believed to be bone fragment. She photographed the material and turned it over to the U.S. Government. In February, 1985, a joint excavation of the crash site was done by the U.S. and Laos from which a large number of small bone fragments were found. Analysis by the U.S. Army's Central Identification Laboratory (CIL) in Hawaii reported the positive identification of all 13 missing crewmembers. [Taken from pownetwork.org]
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