CHARLES W LINDEWALD JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 38E, LINE 5 OF THE WALL

CHARLES W LINDEWALD JR

WALL NAME

CHARLES W LINDEWALD JR

PANEL / LINE

38E/5

DATE OF BIRTH

07/30/1938

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/07/1968

HOME OF RECORD

LA PORTE

COUNTY OF RECORD

LaPorte County

STATE

IN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

MSGT

ASSOCIATED ITEMS LEFT AT THE WALL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR CHARLES W LINDEWALD JR
POSTED ON 4.16.2020
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Msgt Charles Lindewald, Thank you for your service as a Special Forces Qualified Indirect Fire Infantryman. I am glad you were identified in 2004. Welcome home. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Today is Easter Thursday, and the last day of Passover. The time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 11.15.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear MSGT Charles W Lindewald Jr, 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 3.30.2011

Remembered

Rest in peace with the warriors. (Photo Credit: Virgil Carter)
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POSTED ON 12.28.2005
POSTED BY: CLAY MARSTON

HOMETOWN HONORS VIETNAM SPECIAL FORCES SOLDIER CHARLES LINDEWALD, MISSING IN ACTION SINCE 1968, MEMORIALIZED AFTER HIS REMAINS FINALLY ARE FOUND



HOMETOWN HONORS VIETNAM SPECIAL FORCES SOLDIER

CHARLES LINDEWALD, MISSING IN ACTION SINCE 1968,

MEMORIALIZED AFTER HIS REMAINS FINALLY ARE FOUND


By COLLEEN MAIR

21 MARCH 2005


Stephen Bradshaw never met his uncle.

But the 26-year-old has always felt a connection to the man who served five tours of duty in the Vietnam War and made the ultimate sacrifice there more than 36 years ago.

United States Army Master Sergeant Charles Wesley Lindewald Jr. has finally come home.

The LaPorte native was declared missing in action in February 1968 near Lang Vei in Vietnam when his Detachment A-team 101, Company C, 5th Special Forces came under attack.

The Green Beret was 28.

His body was not found until late 2003.

Since Bradshaw was a boy, he has heard stories of his uncle's bravery in combat.

Following in Lindewald's footsteps, Bradshaw also joined the Army, returning home from Iraq in July as a sergeant with the 1st Armored Division.

On Saturday, Bradshaw, who now lives in Chicago, sat in the first row of LaPorte New Church, where more than 130 people gathered for a memorial service in honor of Lindewald, who was awarded a Silver Star, a Bronze Star and three awards of the Purple Heart.

Members of the Wall Gang stood along the perimeter of the packed church, sun shining through the stained-glass windows.

On a table stood black and white photos of Lindewald and his brother Tom next to a Green Beret hat.

" I'm very proud of him," Bradshaw said later at LaPorte's American Legion Post 83, where a reception was held following the memorial service." I've always felt he has been watching out for me."

After the service, a procession of cars and motorcycles worked its way down Pine Lake Avenue to Soldiers Memorial Park, where the LaPorte Honor Guard fired a 21-gun salute and member Dick Kuta played Taps on his trumpet under the gray skies.

Military veterans from as far away as Portage gathered around the Vietnam Veterans Memorial as American flags and POW / MIA flags ruffled in the chilled breeze.

The military service was organized by Amvets 911, Vietnam Veterans Inc., VFW Post 9423, VFW Post 1130, American Legion Post 83, and the Wall Gang.

" I still can't believe this is actually happening," said Vietnam veteran Richard " Mose " Mrozinski, commander of Amvets 911 and past president of Vietnam Veterans Inc., after the service. " This is what we have been demanding from the government for so long. We want every guy to be accounted for."

Lindewald's sister, Mary Perez of Michigan City, was 17 when her brother went missing.

He left for the Army when the 54-year-old was 6. Their brother, Tom, died five years ago.

" In the limited time we had together, he was so much fun to be with," she told the Herald-Argus after the service.

Initially ( when he was declared missing ), I thought there had to be some mistake, but as the years went on, I came to accept that he wasn't coming home. I never realized there was this piece of me missing until his remains were found. There has been a sense of relief and closure."

Perez, who has three adult children, has been touched by the community support she has received. " I can't believe all of the people who still care after all these years."

In late April, the family will travel to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, where Lindewald's remains will be buried on the 29th.

His commanding officer and two other survivors of the battle will also be there.

Growing up, anytime Lindewald would come home to LaPorte, he would talk about the country's commitment in Vietnam, Perez said.

" He felt we did have a place over there. He loved what he did," she said.





~~~ DE OPPRESSO LIBER ~~~




YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE



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POSTED ON 12.28.2005
POSTED BY: CLAY MARSTON

IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS MOST HEROIC UNITED STATES ARMY SPECIAL FORCES SOLDIER, A POSTHUMOUS RECIPIENT OF THE SILVER STAR, WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE



MASTER SERGEANT

CHARLES WESLEY LINDEWALD JR.


who served as a

PLATOON LEADER

with


COMPANY C

DETACHMENT A-101

12th MOBILE STRIKE FORCE

5th SPECIAL FORCES GROUP

at

Lang Vei Special Forces Camp


was a posthumous recipient of the


SILVER STAR

BRONZE STAR with 'V' for VALOR device

PURPLE HEART with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters

ARMY GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL

NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL

VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL

REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM CAMPAIGN SERVICE MEDAL


and was entitled to wear the


COMBAT INFANTRYMAN BADGE



Today he rests in honored glory in


ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

" WHERE VALOR PROUDLY SLEEPS "





~~~ DE OPPRESSO LIBER ~~~





YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE





18 JANUARY 1999



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A book entitled

NIGHT OF THE SILVER STARS

by WILLIAM PHILLIPS

tells the compelling story of what

actually took place at Lang Vei

where the following decorations were awarded

MEDAL OF HONOR (1)

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS (2)

SILVER STAR (21)

BRONZE STAR with 'V' for VALOR device (3)



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