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  • MIA Bracelet Returned to Charlie's Family

    Posted on 12/28/15 - by Judie McIntyre
    Regards to the MIA bracelet found in Florida and posted on Face Book to find Charlie's family. With searching via Google & Find A Grave, we located the family not far from where Charlie is buried. The bracelet was returned & the photo attached is Charlie's great grandchildren at the Vietnam Memorial.
  • Final Mission of SGT Charlie S. Poole

    Posted on 7/19/15 - by
    Frustrated by problems in negotiating a peace settlement, and pressured by a Congress and public wanting an immediate end to American involvement in Vietnam, President Nixon ordered the most concentrated air offensive of the war - known as Linebacker II - in December 1972. During the offensive, sometimes called the "Christmas bombings," 40,000 tons of bombs were dropped, primarily over the area between Hanoi and Haiphong. White House Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler said that the bombing would end only when all U.S. POWs were released and an internationally recognized cease-fire was in force. On the first day of Linebacker II, December 18, 129 B52s arrived over Hanoi in three waves, four to five hours apart. They attacked the airfields at Hoa Lac, Kep and Phuc Yen, the Kinh No complex and the Yen Vien railyards. The aircraft flew in tight cells of three aircraft to maximize the mutual support benefits of their ECM equipment and flew straight and level to stabilize the bombing computers and ensure that all bombs fell on the military targets and not in civilian areas. The pilots of the early missions reported that "wall-to-wall SAMS" surrounded Hanoi as they neared its outskirts. The first night of bombing, December 18 and 19, two B-52s were shot down by SAMs. Onboard the first aircraft shot down on December 18 was its pilot, LTCOL Donald L. Rissi and crewmen MAJ Richard E. Johnson, CAPT Richard T. Simpson, CAPT Robert G. Certain, 1LT Robert J. Thomas and SGT Walter L. Ferguson. Of this crew, Certain, Simpson and Johnson were captured and shown the bodies of the other crew members. Six years later on August 23, 1978, the bodies of Rissi, Thomas and Ferguson were returned to U.S. control by the Vietnamese. Certain, Simpson and Johnson were held prisoner in Hanoi until March 29, 1973, when they were released in Operation Homecoming. CAPT Hal K. Wilson was in the lead aircraft of a B-52 cell from Utapao. Also on board his aircraft were crew men MAJ Fernando Alexander, CAPT Charles A. Brown Jr., CAPT Henry C. Barrows, CAPT Richard W. Cooper Jr. (the navigator), and SGT Charlie S. Poole (the tail gunner). Wilson's aircraft was hit by a SAM near his target area and crashed in the early morning hours of December 19, sustaining damage to the fuselage. In the ensuing fire, there was no time for orderly bailout, but as later examination of radio tapes indicated, all six crewmen deployed their parachutes and evidently safely ejected. The aircraft damage report indicated that all six men were prisoner. Radio Hanoi announced in news broadcasts between 19 and 22 December that the six crewmen had been captured. When the war ended, however, only four of the crew returned from Hanoi prisons. Hanoi remained silent about the fate of Charlie Poole and Richard Cooper. On March 5, 1996 remains were returned that were positively identified on August 12, 2003. These remains were prepared for a group burial. That internment service took place at Arlington National Cemetery on December 19, 2003. [Taken from]
  • One of God's Special Children

    Posted on 5/20/15 - by TROOPERF1@HOTMAIL.COM
    Charlie has been in my thoughts over the years and I remember our last conversation prior to his deployment....his concerns for his family and looking toward retirement. It was not until very recent that I learned the rest of the story about this courageous airman. I offer my continued prayers for his children and other family members that they know the tremendous sacrifice Charlie made for all of us. He has been in God's embrace and is indeed at peace. Love, light and peace. Bob Kern, MSgt, USAF Retired
  • braclet found that belongs to Charlie Poole

    Posted on 4/25/15
    On facebook some one found his braclet. I shared his page on my page. If a family member would look on my page so it can be returned to you
    Lisa Renea Holladay Vaughan
    Scranton, Arkansas
  • found bracelet

    Posted on 2/15/15
    just trying to find family of the owner of this bracelet.

    being shared on facebook
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