CHARLES B PFAFFMANN
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HONORED ON PANEL 12W, LINE 115 OF THE WALL

CHARLES BROOKS PFAFFMANN

WALL NAME

CHARLES B PFAFFMANN

PANEL / LINE

12W/115

DATE OF BIRTH

12/30/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/09/1970

HOME OF RECORD

KILLINGWORTH

COUNTY OF RECORD

Middlesex County

STATE

CT

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

LTJG

STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR CHARLES BROOKS PFAFFMANN
POSTED ON 7.20.2014
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of LTJG Charles B. Pfaffmann

One of the aircraft that launched from the decks of the USS CORAL SEA was the Grumman E-2A Hawkeye. It was a strange-looking aircraft, with twin turboprop engines, four vertical stabilizers (three of which were actually necessary for controlled flight, the remaining surface being added for appearance's sake), and a large, 24-foot diameter radome which rotated at six revolutions per minute, on a pylon directly above the fuselage. The E-2A mission was airborne early warning, vectoring fighters and strike bombers to and from targets on the ground, as well as airborne threats of MiG interceptors. The Hawkeye was literally the aerial nerve center of the fleet, controlling bomber strikes and MiG-killing missions with equal facility. LTJG Charles B. Pfaffmann was an E-2A pilot assigned to Carrier Early Warning Squadron 116 onboard the USS CORAL SEA. On April 9, 1970, he and his co-pilot LT Larry C. Knight and technicians AN Brian L. Bushnell and AMH3 Andrew A. Horchar Jr. were launched in their E-2A Hawkeye on a routine mission over Vietnam. Immediately after launch, the aircraft crew reported a fire and their intention to return to the ship. LT Pfaffmann's aircraft impacted the water about three miles ahead of the CORAL SEA. A rescue helicopter and escort destroyer were on the scene within minutes. No survivors were seen, and no remains were recovered. [Narrative taken from pownetwork.org; image from wikipedia.org]
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POSTED ON 4.30.2014
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of LTJG Charles B. Pfaffmann

The attack carrier USS Coral Sea formed part of Task Force 77, the carrier striking force of the U.S. Seventh Fleet in the Western Pacific. One of the aircraft that launched from the decks of the Coral Sea was the Grumman E-2A Hawkeye was a strange-looking aircraft, with twin turboprop engines, four vertical stabilizers (three of which were actually necessary for controlled flight, the remaining surface being added for appearance's sake), and a large, 24-foot diameter radome, which rotated at six revolutions per minute on a pylon directly above the fuselage. The E-2A mission was airborne early warning, vectoring fighters and strike bombers to and from targets on the ground, as well as airborne threats of MiG interceptors. The Hawkeye was literally the aerial nerve center of the fleet, controlling bomber strikes and MiG-killing missions with equal facility. LTJG Charles B. Pfaffmann was an E-2A pilot assigned to Carrier Early Warning Squadron 116 onboard the USS Coral Sea. On April 9, 1970, he and his co-pilot LT Larry C. Knight and technicians AN Brian L. Bushnell and AMH3 Andrew A. Horchar Jr. were launched in their E-2A Hawkeye on a routine mission over Vietnam. Immediately after launch, the aircraft crew reported a fire and their intention to return to the ship. LT Pfaffmann's aircraft impacted the water about three miles ahead of the Coral Sea. A rescue helicopter and escort destroyer were on the scene within minutes. No survivors were seen, and no remains were recovered. [Taken from pownetwork.org]
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POSTED ON 12.19.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear LTJG Charles Brooks Pfaffmann, 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 6.12.2012
POSTED BY: CCSU Veterans History Project

Photograph of Charles B. Pfaffman

Donated by Arthur Wiknik

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POSTED ON 6.18.2011
POSTED BY: Brian Boucher

Chuck Pfaffman, RIP....

Chuck Pfaffman was a counselor at a YMCA overnight summer camp in Rhode Island during the Summer of 1962 or 1963. I was one of the campers in his 12 person tent. I was 13 at that time.

He was 17 or 18. Chuck was blond, good-looking, outgoing, and a meaningful role-model to me.

There is a group picture I may still have of us. I will try to find it and post here.

I found this site and felt a need to express my feelings.
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