CHARLES R WETZEL
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HONORED ON PANEL 5E, LINE 111 OF THE WALL

CHARLES ROBERT WETZEL

WALL NAME

CHARLES R WETZEL

PANEL / LINE

5E/111

DATE OF BIRTH

12/24/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NGAI

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/04/1966

HOME OF RECORD

PENNS GROVE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Salem County

STATE

NJ

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR CHARLES ROBERT WETZEL
POSTED ON 3.20.2024
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you.....

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. The remembrance from your brother Edward is poignant and reflects the anguish experienced by so many families that lost loved ones in this war. As long as you are remembered you will always be with us….
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POSTED ON 12.15.2022
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC Charles Weitzel, Thank you for your service as a Rifleman. Your 77th birthday is in 9 days, Christmas Eve, happy birthday. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It is Advent, and Christmas is soon. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance, and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 12.24.2021
POSTED BY: Jury Washington

Thank You For Your Valiant Service Marine.

May those who served never be forgotten. Rest in peace PFC. Wetzel, I salute your brave soul. My heart goes out to you and your family. Semper Fidelis!
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POSTED ON 12.16.2020
POSTED BY: Hubert Yoshida

A proud member of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines

Private First Class Charles Robert Wetzel was the son of Edward H. Wetzel and Caroline S. Wetzel of Penns Grove, NJ. PFC Wetzel was a Marine Rifleman, age 20, born December 24, 1945, from Penns Grove, NJ. PFC Wetzel arrived in Vietnam on July 6, 1965 and was assigned to Hotel Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein), III MAF, FMFPac. On March 4, Operation UTAH was launched under the command of Task Force Delta in the Son Thinh District of Quang Ngai Province where the Marines would encounter elements of the 21st NVA Regiment. On D-day 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines conducted a helicopter assault near the Chau Ngai complex of villages and was heavily engaged with a regiment of NVA regulars near Hill 50 and Hill 35. Elements of F Company and H Company were overrun but were able to recover and consolidate to a night position near Chau Ngai 4. By the end of D-Day, 2/7 counted 94 enemy KIA and estimated 63 WIA. Friendly losses were 44 KIA and 84 WIA. An additional 20+ persons received minor wounds and were not evacuated. The next day, 5 March, the battle moved to the North and 2/7 cleaned up the battlefields from the day before, recovering the dead, and clearing out caves and bunkers. On March 4, 1966, PFC Wetzel was killed in action dying outright from enemy small arms fire. PFC Wetzel is interred at Saint Mary's Cemetery - Salem, New Jersey and is honored on the Vietnam Memorial on Panel 05E, Line 111.
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POSTED ON 10.29.2018

Run With The Marines

I did not personally know Charles or his family but yesterday I proudly wore his name while running the Marine Corps Marathon. Thank you Charles for your service! And thank you to his family for sharing his story.

I rolled my ankle at mile 4 and almost went down I would like to think I didn’t because of Charles.
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