CHARLES L HANSELMAN
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HONORED ON PANEL 34E, LINE 19 OF THE WALL

CHARLES LEON HANSELMAN

WALL NAME

CHARLES L HANSELMAN

PANEL / LINE

34E/19

DATE OF BIRTH

12/06/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TIN

DATE OF CASUALTY

01/10/1968

HOME OF RECORD

DEARBORN

COUNTY OF RECORD

Wayne County

STATE

MI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CPL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR CHARLES LEON HANSELMAN
POSTED ON 5.17.2019
POSTED BY: Chuck Ferrara

Way Too Young to Lose

Chuck was my bunk mate in basic training at Fort Knox. He was the ultimate "good guy" .Well liked, fun and a straight shooter. We lose our nation's good ones like Chuck way too young . Always remember him as my first friend to lose.Saddened by his loss.
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POSTED ON 3.24.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear CPL Charles Hanselman,
Thank you for your service as an Infantryman. It is now Lent. The war was years ago, but we all need to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 9.24.2017
POSTED BY: Michael D. Albano

Chuck Hanselman Hero

I was in the 10th grade at Edsel Ford High School when I met Chuck Hanselman and he protected underclassmen from senior bullies on a regular basis. He was highly respected at EFHS by me and many others and he is missed.
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POSTED ON 9.2.2017
POSTED BY: Dave Dumas

An Old Friend

The Beatles
The Beatles made their U.S. debut on the Ed Sullivan Show when we were sophomores in high school. A bunch of us were at Chuck's house to watch it. We always felt welcome there. His mom would sometimes make homemade pizza. It was great. The Beatles were pretty strange to us. We were "greasers" and we loved the Motown sound. We laughed at the Beatles and their girlie haircuts. We all agreed they would never make it big.

Joy Ride
It was after dark, the keys were in the neighbors car, and a "joy ride" sounded like a lot of fun. There was four of us. We stole the car and raised some hell. Later that night we abandoned it in a parking lot a few miles away. We had a blast and we got away with it. No one would ever know.
The next day we were all called to Chuck's house with our parents. Chuck felt guilty, so he told his folks what we did. Our parents settled with the car owner and we had the unpleasant task of settling with our parents. We were really mad at Chuck and he knew it. He even offered to let us punch him and not fight back. None of us did. He was right and we knew it.
We paid a price because of Chuck. Or so it seemed. Eventually I realized the obvious. It wasn't because of Chuck, it was because of our own actions. It was Chuck's good character that helped set us straight. This wasn't a turning point in my life, but it was one of the many nudges in the right direction that kept me from falling off the edge. Chuck did the right thing and I'm a better person for it.

After High School
I joined the Navy a few months after we graduated. This was in 1967 and the Viet Nam War was raging. Shortly after boot camp, I was home on leave and Chuck told me he was going in the Army. He was anxious about it and we talked about death. Even so, he wanted to do the right thing. Chuck was afraid to die, but true to form, he wasn't afraid to stand up for what he believed in.
When I heard he was killed, I couldn't believe it. He was the first friend I ever lost to death. Before that, I thought we would all live forever. You behave differently once you realize otherwise. Chuck's death, and life, had a lasting effect on my behavior. I'm honored to have known him. We lost a good one when we lost Chuck.
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POSTED ON 12.2.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear CPL Charles Leon Hanselman, 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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