Waters, Charles F., CSM

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Last Rank
Command Sergeant Major
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
00Z-Command Sergeant Major IN
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1962-1964, 11Z, 5th Special Forces Group (A)
Service Years
1942 - 1970

Special Forces

Command Sergeant Major

Eight Service Stripes

Eleven Overseas Service Bars

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Contact Info
Home Town
Wichita Falls
Last Address
Smiths, AL

Date of Passing
Sep 18, 2012
Location of Interment
Fort Benning Post Cemetery - Fort Benning, Georgia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007) Honorably Discharged WW II

 Unofficial Badges 

US Marine Corps Honorable Discharge Ranger Hall Of Fame

 Military Association Memberships
Chapter LIX - The Joe Alderman ChapterUS Mountain Ranger Association
  1975, Special Forces Association, 59, Chapter LIX - The Joe Alderman Chapter (Executive Officer) (Fort Benning, Georgia) - Chap. Page
  2012, US Mountain Ranger Association

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Last Known Activity

Ranger Charles Waters had a distinguished military career as both a Soldier and Marine with service in three wars. He joined the Marine Corps at the age of 14 and served in three campaigns in the Pacific theater -- Guadalcanal, New Guinea, and the Bougainville. After being discharged from the Marines, he joined the Army and the 82nd Airborne Division in 1947, until volunteering for the new Airborne Ranger companies at the outbreak of the Korean conflict. In November 1950, after graduating from the first Ranger Training cycle, Ranger Waters, as a member of the 1st Airborne Ranger Company, was sent immediately to war and participated in four major campaigns during his first tour. In 1953, he again volunteered for the newly formed Special Forces and returned to Korea to fight again. After instructor duty at the 101st Airborne’s Recondo School, Ranger Waters was selected to be one of the early advisors to the Vietnamese Army Special Forces and Ranger Units. He served two tours in Vietnam, always performing those duties in a true Ranger manner. Ranger Waters’ diverse and distinguished background began in the beaches and jungles of the Pacific and continues on to this day as he truly is one of America’s unsung heroes. Ranger Waters, in both civilian and military life, is a prime example of the Motto – “Rangers Lead the Way.”

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Waters, CSM (Ret) Charles F., 84, Smiths, Alabama, died Tuesday September 18, 2012 in Columbus, Georgia. Memorial services with Military Honors will be held 1:00 p.m. Monday September 24, 2012 at Main Post Cemetery, Ft. Benning, Georgia. Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, Columbus, Georgia:

Published in Columbus Ledger-Enquirer on September 19, 2012

Ranger Charles “Chuck” F. Waters died yesterday morning at St Francis in Columbus, Georgia.
His remains will be cremated.  The interment ceremony is Monday September 24, 2012 at 1:00 PM at Fort Benning.  The 75th Ranger Regiment will provide firing party and Ranger Training Brigade will provide ushers and support.
On Tuesday morning September 25, 2012 half of Chuck’s ashes will be scattered on Fryar Drop Zone during a parachute jump by a member of the Ranger Training Brigade.

Read more here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ledger-enquirer/obituary.aspx?n=charles-f-waters&pid=159973709&fhid=5117#storylink=cpy
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 Unit Assignments
US Marine Corps82nd Airborne Division1st Ranger Infantry Company (Airborne)77th Special Forces Group
1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)1st Airborne Battle Group, 327th Infantry 5th Special Forces Group (A)
  1942-1945, US Marine Corps
  1947-1950, 745, 82nd Airborne Division/HHC
  1950-1951, 1745, 1st Ranger Infantry Company (Airborne)
  1952-1954, 1745, 77th Special Forces Group
  1956-1960, 11F10, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1961-1962, 11G50, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1962-1962, 1745, 1st Airborne Battle Group, 327th Infantry /E Company
  1962-1964, 11Z, 5th Special Forces Group (A)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1944 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)
  1950-1951 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)
  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Spring Offensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Korean War/UN Summer-Fall Offensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)
  1962-1962 Operation White Star
  1962-1965 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (1962-65)
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