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is honored on Panel 41W, Line 17 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 4/1/18 - by Dennis Wriston
    Specialist Four Charles Watson Willingham, Served with the 128th Assault Helicopter Company, 11th Aviation Battalion, 12th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade, United States Army Vietnam.
  • God bless you and your family

    Posted on 5/28/17 - by
    My father served with Charles and remembers him to this day. Thank you for your service. May God bless you and your family.
  • Final Mission of SP4 Charles W. Willingham

    Posted on 8/16/15 - by
    On October 5, 1968, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D (tail number 66-01098) from the 128th Assault Helicopter Company was flying chalk five in a flight of five lift ships with a second flight of five helicopters thirty to sixty seconds to the rear. The flights were in a left hand holding pattern at approximately 1200 feet MSL awaiting instructions to proceed to a pick up zone. UH-1D 1098 was seen to execute a flare, yawed to the right, then began a descending left spin. The helicopter made almost four 360 degree turns prior to impact. Something was seen to fly out or off the helicopter to its rear when it started descending. During the last one-third of the flight the rate of descent increased, the attitude described as a 45 degree to a 90 degree nose down. The rate of spiral diminished, and the flight path was near a vertical descent. Impact was in a near level attitude at a relatively high rate of descent. The first witnesses on the scene stated that the body of the aircraft was intact, noting specifically that the transmission was still in its normal position and that the windshields were not broken. An intense fire precluded removal of the bodies until sometime later. The fire destroyed most of the helicopter. The lost crewmen included pilots WO1 Ronald J. Redenius and WO1 Edward O. Weiman, crew chief SP4 Charles W. Willingham, and guner SP4 Raymond L. Hopkins. [Taken from]
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 9/28/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 Charles Watson Willingham, 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
  • Photo

    Posted on 6/28/11 - by Courtesy of The Panolian,
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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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