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CHARLES FARRELL GRIFFIN


is honored on Panel 36W, Line 16 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of CAPT Charles F. Griffin

    Posted on 6/14/17 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On December 13, 1968, a Viet Cong night attack on an outpost six miles southeast of Truc Giang in the Mekong Delta resulted in the scramble of several aircraft from Bien Hoa airbase. An AC-47D Dakota (#43-49274) from the 3rd Special Operations Squadron, 14th Special Operations Wing, USAF, based at Nha Trang and detached to Bien Hoa, was directed to the target and started to drop flares to assist the defenders as it orbited at 3,500 feet. The crew of the Dakota felt a bump and the aircraft became difficult to control. The aircraft had been hit by an OV-10A (#67-14627) forward air controller from the 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron, 504 Tactical Air Support Group, USAF, Bien Hoa, that was coordinating the aircraft near the target. Both aircraft headed back towards Bien Hoa, but the OV-10 crashed northwest of Saigon, killing both the crewmen. They included pilot CAPT Charles F. Griffin and co-pilot CAPT Bruce B. Greene. The AC-47 gunship eventually landed at Bien Hoa, but its undercarriage collapsed and the aircraft was so badly damaged that it was scrapped. All crewmen survived. This was the only aircraft lost by the 3rd Special Operations Squadron during it 17-month existence in Vietnam. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and 46thars.tripod.com]
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/19/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear Captain Charles Farrell Griffin, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • If I shoulddie...remembrances for CAPT. Charles Farrell GRIFFIN, USAF...who died for our country!!!!

    Posted on 5/29/11 - by
    If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein copmfort you.
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  • We Remember

    Posted on 12/20/09 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    Charles is buried at the USAF Academy Cemetery in Colorado Springs, CO.
  • You will always be remembered..

    Posted on 5/22/06 - by A.S.H
    Thank you for your service in the Vietnam War, it means a lot to me and gives me the encourages me to fight for my country like you fought for us. You gave your life for people you didnt even know and for the land that you loved..thank you so much for being the brave soldier you were. I will never forget you.
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