Alston, Charles Edward, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1965-1966, 11B10, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry
Service Years
1964 - 1966

Private First Class

One Overseas Service Bar

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Raleigh, NC
Last Address
Raleigh, NC

Casualty Date
Jan 25, 1966
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Raleigh National Cemetery - Raleigh, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
04E 086 / Section 17, site 280

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1966, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry
  1965-1966, 11B10, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
  1965-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

PFC Alston was killed while a passenger aboard a C-123K Provider (serial #54-0702) from the 311th Air Commando Squadron, 315th Air Commando Group, 13th Air Force en route from An Khe to Bon Son.  The aircraft crashed, inverted,  into a mountainside near An Khe, killing all 46 men, including crew.

The aircraft carried 42 American soldiers of the 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division and explosive ammunition (mortar shells and grenades) when it flew into a hillside as it took off from An Khe.  Low cloud ceiling and rain at the time of the accident, but the accident was possibly due to mechanical failure and fire of the No. 2 engine.  The aircraft came down 5 miles east of An Khe. This was part of "Operation Masher".

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