CHARLES A KNOCHEL
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HONORED ON PANEL 10E, LINE 132 OF THE WALL

CHARLES ALLEN KNOCHEL

WALL NAME

CHARLES A KNOCHEL

PANEL / LINE

10E/132

DATE OF BIRTH

02/12/1940

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/22/1966

HOME OF RECORD

LAFAYETTE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Tippecanoe County

STATE

IN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

LT

STATUS

MIA

ASSOCIATED ITEMS LEFT AT THE WALL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR CHARLES ALLEN KNOCHEL
POSTED ON 11.18.2019
POSTED BY: KR

LT Charles A. Knochel - POW/MIA Recognition Day 2019

LT Charles A. Knochel - POW/MIA Recognition Day 2019
The Department of Defense conducted a ceremony at the Pentagon on Friday, 20 September 2019 in recognition of POW/MIA Recognition Day. Deputy Defense Secretary David L. Nordquist remembered the 1,587 MIAs from the Vietnam War as well as all those still unaccounted for from WWII, the Korean War, the Cold War and other conflicts. Since the 2018 Ceremony, DPAA has positively identified 7 Vietnam War MIAs. Lieutenant Charles Allen Knochel, USNA Class of 1962, is one of those 1,587 MIAs unaccounted for in Southeast Asia from the Vietnam War. He is one of 4 graduates from his U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis class who is still MIA. The other 3 USNA Class of 1962 MIAs are: 1) LT Charles Fryer; 2) Maj. Lucius Heiskell, USAF; and 3) LTJG Geoff Osborn. As of the date of this ceremony, there are 54 USNA graduates still MIA in SEA from the Vietnam War.

This is the link to the DoD story about the ceremony:

https://www.defense.gov/explore/story/Article/1967474/prisoners-of-war-missing-in-action-remembered-at-pentagon-ceremony/

This is the link to the C-Span video of the ceremony:

https://www.c-span.org/video/?464524-1/pentagon-hosts-national-powmia-recognition-day-ceremony
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POSTED ON 9.22.2019
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Distinguished Flying Cross Award

Lt Charles A Knochel was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroism and extraordinary achievement while engaged in flight while serving as a Pilot assigned to the USS Intrepid, Task Force 77, 7th Fleet.
See https://navy.togetherweserved.com/usn/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd=ShadowBoxProfile&type=Person&ID=414364
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POSTED ON 4.26.2018
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of LT Charles A. Knochel

Final Mission of LT Charles A. Knochel
LT Charles A. Knochel was a pilot assigned to Attack Squadron 176 (VA-176) onboard the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid (CVS-11). On September 22, 1966, he launched in his A-1H Skyraider attack aircraft (#135239) on an armed reconnaissance mission in the southern part of North Vietnam. LT Knochel was leading a two-plane section of aircraft against enemy supply lines. After completing their mission, both aircraft were on their way out of the area and within three miles of the coast when they were hit by a barrage of anti-aircraft fire. Knochel radioed that his aircraft was hit in the right wing and began to gain altitude and head out to sea. Once over the water, the right wing started to burn as the ammunition from his wing guns started to explode. Knochel radioed his wingman that he was going to bail out. All indications were that Knochel was not injured as he descended in his parachute. Rescue helicopters and amphibian aircraft were immediately called in for assistance. Knochel's parachute was swinging a bit as he entered the water, and at a point when the parachute was at a maximum swing, he hit the water as if lying on his back. The wingman saw that Knochel made no effort to release himself from his chute harness or inflate his life preserver, and felt that the impact had knocked him unconscious. Within 12 minutes of the time that Knochel entered the water, the rescue amphibian was on the scene. Upon landing, the chute could no longer be seen and the rescue diver could not locate Knochel. It was believed he drowned, unconscious. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and pownetwork.org]
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POSTED ON 9.19.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear LT Charles Allen Knochel, 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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POSTED ON 5.22.2013

If I should die...remembrances for LT Charles Allen KNOCHEL, USN...who made the ultimate sacrifice!!

If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigilsw 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 comfort you.

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