CHARLES R WILLARD JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 14W, LINE 10 OF THE WALL

CHARLES R WILLARD JR

WALL NAME

CHARLES R WILLARD JR

PANEL / LINE

14W/10

DATE OF BIRTH

03/05/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PLEIKU

DATE OF CASUALTY

01/07/1970

HOME OF RECORD

CHARLOTTE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Mecklenburg County

STATE

NC

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR CHARLES R WILLARD JR
POSTED ON 3.30.2008
POSTED BY: Steve

To my brother in arms

We knew each other well and you served in Ranger fashion as a team member in Vietnam. You arrived and were considered a "young blood". To me who grew to know you well, you always served your country in a way we were trained and came second nature and was then and now known as "Rangers Lead the Way". Many years had passed by and I often pulled up pictures of you Michael Lynn and La Roy Roth but were never able to write a thing but only remember. It is now some 35 + years later and only now I am able to say that we all loved you Michael and La Roy Ranger style. RLTW
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POSTED ON 2.13.2004

Tribute to a Fallen Ranger

To the loved ones we say; It may seem all for naught seeing how the world is today, but Charles then, as soldiers of today and all future soldiers, will continue to assure our Freedoms remain alive, and keep the hope alive for the many oppressed of the world. Thanks for standing strong all these many years with just his memory and know our hearts are joined with yours. May the peace of our Lord be with you always.

Looking at two different picture of Charles I am able to see him as young soldier, very innocent at the beginning of his tour of duty in Vietnam. Then I see another one where he has grown beyond his age, into that of a much more mature person. I contribute this to the hardened combat he has already experience in just a few weeks, months at the most.

Charles came to Vietnam to contribute to the cause of Freedom. It was men like him that were ready to stand up to the bully on the block, those who would deprive others the right to choose how they will live. He came not to Vietnam to be known as a hero, but his very choice of units was a heroic act on his part and most likely unbeknownst to him. Back in the world he was a kind, loving, and gentle person. A good citizen, loving son, and loving brother always there for you. Now still the same person, but one that had been called to be different, different in that he volunteered to serve with one of the most dangerous units in the Vietnam war, The 75th Ranger Regiment. A Regiment full of men that chose to walk on the edge, for whatever reason. Perhaps to be different or to satisfy the challenge of the unknown. Regardless of motivation, Charles of his own accord, willing accepted the extraordinary risk to accomplish a vital function that would save the lives of hundreds of American soldiers and Allied Forces.

His part in this was done by working with three other men placed deep in enemy held territory. He and his team mates would spy on enemy activity and report it to higher command for use in planning larger operations. This information could be gotten no other way. It called for nerves and guts of steel due to the closeness of the enemy and the distance they usually were from any friendly help. They had to survive on skill, team work, communications, artillery, and gone ships.

Charles proved himself to be a team player and a fierce combatant when necessary, and he was still the loving, helpful, kind, person he was before all of this. He had a great personality and was loved by his peers and Officers of the unit. He gained many brothers and this brotherhood is still alive today. His person may be gone from us, but he lives in our hearts.

Charles died with two of his team mates, La Roy Roth and Michael Lyne, while on patrol. They were securing their night location when the enemy sprung a surprise ambush on them, making a response slim to none. Charles and Rangers like him was and always will be the "TIP OF THE SPEAR". I think he would not have us to grieve for him, but rather Love and Honor the Freedom that he, and others like him fought and died for. He is a credit to his Family, Friends, and Country. Let us not forget this nor allow others to forget!

Lord, those who knew Charles are thankful you allowed them to be graced by his being among them. We his brothers of like spirit, a spirit that says all people, of all nations, should enjoy the right to live free and to choose for themselves, do also thank you. He stands out to us and the world as a symbol of the price of freedom. Your Word says; "no greater love hath a man than this, to give his life for a friend" Charles did just that! He forsook self-preservation for others to live. He acted out of love, a love that required no contemplation, but rather action. Surely it never crossed his mind at the moment that he would come to be known as a "HERO". We thank you for men and women like our brother that thought it not too much to give his life for others to live. Lord, this day give comfort to those loved ones that have been all these years without him. Help them to know he is at rest with you and "Warriors" of like kind. May we never forget, that the blood of others bought our Freedoms. Lord, regardless of our belief, help us as we remember him and the many like him to consider the following words of wisdom; to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, soul, mind, and strength, and secondly to love our neighbor as our self. Truly acceptance and application of this wisdom by all people of the world, is to see war and all other atrocities against humanity end! May our hearts be charged to honor the sacrifices of such men and women with a continuous and sincere effort to promote peace on earth and good will towards all?

Bob Smyers

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POSTED ON 12.3.2001
POSTED BY: NANCY WILLARD TARTT AND LYDIA WILLARD KELLETT

WONDERFUL BROTHER, BELOVED SON, GOOD FRIEND

YOU ARE IN OUR HEARTS ALWAYS.
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