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is honored on Panel 10E, Line 89 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • For his Family

    Posted on 7/22/18 - by Mary DeWitt
    Local Captain Vietnam Victim

    A Hopkinsville woman has been informed that her husband was killed in Vietnam after receiving notification last September that he was missing in action.

    Mrs. Charles S. Abel, a resident of Marietta Dr., received notification Sunday that Capt. Abel had died of wounds suffered in battle.

    She is the former Miss Mary Anne Thomas of this city. The Abels have two children, Tonya Jill, 5, and Charles Scott, 2; daughter Gina Renee was stillborn.

    The information received Sunday was the first word she had from the military authorities since the first notification last fall.

    Abel will be returned here for burial with Fuqua-Hinton Funeral Home to be in charge. Final arrangements have as yet not been made.

    Abel is a native of Modesto, Calif., where his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles V. Abel, still live.

    He was stationed at Ft. Campbell for about six years with the 101st Airborne Division before being sent to Vietnam. A career officer, he had been in the service for 11 years.

    He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mineral Wells, Tex.

    Mrs. Abel hasn’t been informed of details concerning her husband’s death; however, he was a helicopter pilot and it is thought that he died as a result of a helicopter accident.

    --Kentucky New Era, Monday, June 12, 1967, page 1

    Charles' hometown was Hopkinsville, Kentucky. He joined the US Army in 1956 and began his Vietnam tour of duty on 15 Jun 1966 as a co-pilot on an UH-1B "Huey", tail #64-14088. Charles was married when he flew with the 68th AVN, called "The Top Tigers". He and his unit were called upon to supply a platoon and a heavy fire team to support a classified operation. Charles' helicopter was one of 2 gunships escorting five slicks when the landing zone was missed because of weather. His flight attempted to return to base but the aircraft became separated in heavy rain. His helicopter was seen, through a low ceiling with heavy rain and ground fog, slowing and settling into the jungle canopy. He died while missing but his body was recovered months later and returned to US soil on 10 Jun 1967.
  • My friend

    Posted on 7/19/16 - by Len Cowling, LTC SF(retired)
    I still think of Abel after all these years, he and I were in the same platoon in OCS, I would not finished with out his leadership and help, and will never forget him. All of us that returned will never know why we did and they did'nt, there is no answer to that. I will never understand, but I will never forget my friend.
  • Remembered

    Posted on 6/30/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik
    Dear Captain Abel,

    Thank you for your service, and REST IN PEACE.
  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 6/25/16 - by Dennis Wriston
    Captain Charles Seaborn Abel, Served with the 68th Assault Helicopter Company, 145th Aviation Battalion, 12th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 9/13/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear Captain Charles Seaborn Abel, 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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