CHARLIE A BRATCHER
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HONORED ON PANEL 40E, LINE 1 OF THE WALL

CHARLIE ARUCE BRATCHER

WALL NAME

CHARLIE A BRATCHER

PANEL / LINE

40E/1

DATE OF BIRTH

11/05/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/18/1968

HOME OF RECORD

CANEYVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Grayson County

STATE

KY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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LEFT FOR CHARLIE ARUCE BRATCHER
POSTED ON 2.18.2024
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Bronze Star Medal for Valor Award

Specialist Four Charlie Aruce Bratcher was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, with Combat Distinguishing Device (V), for his exemplary gallantry in action. He served as an Infantryman and was assigned to C CO, 1ST BN, 8TH CAVALRY, 1ST CAV DIV.
See citation at https://www.coffeltdatabase.org/detreq2.php
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POSTED ON 2.18.2022

Final Mission of SP4 Charlie A. Bratcher

In late January 1968, the 1st Cavalry Division Airmobile (1 ACD) was deployed from Binh Dinh Province, RVN, to Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces where it engaged in high intensity combat operations against North Vietnamese Army (NVA) units scattered into the countryside after their failed initiatives during the Tet Offensive. On February 18th, C Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry (1 ACD), was dug into a night defensive position (NDP) four miles northeast of Quang Tri Airfield during search and destroy operations against the NVA. A little after 1:00 AM, an observation post (OP) placed outside the perimeter observed forty individuals moving towards the American’s position. The OP was called in, and the enemy combatants were engaged with artillery. At the same time, the NDP came under 60mm mortar, B-40 rocket, and small arms fire. The cavalrymen countered with unit weapons, and illumination of the battle area was provided by an UH-1H flare ship that came on station at 1:45 AM. At 2:15 AM, the enemy fire ceased, and an emergency resupply ship was brought in, reigniting enemy fire. Twenty minutes later, a medevac ship took out four wounded men. Ten minutes after the evacuations, the perimeter again came under sporadic mortar and small arms fire. Artillery was called on suspected NVA firing positions, and the helicopter flare ship was replaced by a U.S. Air Force C-47 “Moonshine” flare ship. All firing ceased again at 3:50 AM as a second Moonshine ship began orbiting over the area. At first light, a check of the area revealed six NVA dead, six AK-47 rifles, numerous marks from bodies dragged away, and various documents identifying the enemy unit as 5th Company, 803rd Regiment, 324B NVA Division. Friendly casualties were five U.S. killed and three wounded. Later that day, C Company found two more NVA killed and five B-40 rockets, 150 rounds of small arms ammunition, nineteen Chicom grenades, twenty-six AK-47 magazines, one carbine magazine, and assorted NVA equipment. The lost Americans were SP4 Norman D. Green, SP4 Charlie A. Bratcher, SP4 Reuben Jones Jr., PFC Joseph P. Turnbull, and SGT Ronald L. McCollum. There were three posthumous promotions in the wake of the action: Turnbull was moved up to Corporal, Green advanced to Sergeant, and McCollum upgraded to Staff Sergeant. [Taken from virtualwall.org and “Lessons Learned, Headquarters, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile)” at ditc.mil]
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POSTED ON 3.13.2021
POSTED BY: John Fabris

Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
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POSTED ON 11.5.2019
POSTED BY: Jury Washington

Thank You For your Valiant Service Soldier.

We can never truly repay the debt we owe our fallen heroes.
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POSTED ON 2.18.2019
POSTED BY: Janice Current

An American Hero

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
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