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CHARLES DAVID AUSTIN


is honored on Panel 18E, Line 89 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Brave Pilot MIA/KIA

    Posted on 3/2/18 - by Dean Carter (Son of a now deceased USAF Vietnam Veteran, Sgt. Lonnie S. Carter, 1968-72) christopherdeancarter@gmail.com
    REMARKS: SURVIVAL UNLIKELY

    SYNOPSIS: Charles Austin was lucky. All his life, according to his sister, Judy, he always managed to get out of tough situations. "He was like Houdini", she said.

    On April 24, 1967, Charles Austin's luck ran out. On that day, Austin was serving as bombardier/navigator onboard Maj. Herman L. Knapp's F4C Phantom
    fighter/bomber.

    The aircraft was the lead in a flight of four dispatched
    from Ubon Airfield, Thailand on a strike mission over Vietnam. The strike was on a five-span bridge four miles north of the center of Hanoi.

    The raid's purpose was to sever North Vietnam's rail links with Communist China. An electrical transformer station seven miles north of Hanoi was also attacked.

    During the strike, Knapp and Austin's aircraft was struck by a flak burst, disintegrated, and two large pieces of flaming wreckage were seen to strike
    the gound in a fireball. No parachutes were seen and no beepers were heard. Nevertheless, it was apparently believed that Knapp and Austin may have
    exited the aircraft, as both men were classified Missing in Action, rather than Killed in Action, Body Not Recovered.

    Eleven years later, based on no information to indicate the two were alive, they were administratively declared dead.

    INFO: http://www.pownetwork.org/bios/a/a029.htm
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  • Brave Pilot and MIA

    Posted on 3/2/18 - by Dean Carter (Son of a now deceased USAF Vietnam Veteran, Sgt. Lonnie S. Carter, 1968-72) christopherdeancarter@gmail.com
    On April 24, 1967, Maj. Austin was the bombardier/navigator of a McDonnell Douglas Phantom II Fighter (F-4C) on a strike mission on a five span bridge 4 miles north of the middle of Hanoi, North Vietnam. During the strike his aircraft was hit by flak, disintegrated and crashed.

    His remains were never recovered.

    His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. Major Austin was living in New Canaan, CT when he entered and service and was a member of the 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Ubon Airfield, Thailand.

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  • Captain Charles Austin-US Air Force 4-24-67

    Posted on 1/13/18
    While going through some old stuff in my house, I came across a simple steel braclet that I wore when in high school, (circa 1972) in support of a then MIA. I didn't know anything about him until I just now looked him up on line. In those days we had no way of knowing.Now I realize that the Blue Star on the braclet I have has been a Gold Star for years. Thank You Major Austin.
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  • Veterans Day 2016

    Posted on 11/11/16 - by Mary Hall
    I am wearing his Pow/MIA bracelet today in honor of his ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. God bless you Major Austin and all the other Pow/Mia in Vietnam and Laos who never returned????.
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  • Remembered

    Posted on 10/11/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR MAJOR AUSTIN,
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A TACTICAL FLIGHT PILOT - PILOT SYSTEM OPERATOR (F-4 PHANTOM II) OR GUY IN THE BACK. YOU ARE STILL MIA. PLEASE COME HOME, WE ARE CELEBRATING COLUMBUS DAY, AND THE DISCOVERY THAT LED TO US BEING IN AMERICA. THANK YOU FOR PROTECTING AMERICA.
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

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