Vessels, Charles Robert, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11C40-Indirect Fire Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1966-1966, 11C20, Command & Control Central (CCC), MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)
Service Years
1953 - 1966

Special Forces
Sergeant First Class

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Wheeling, WV
Last Address
Fayetteville, NC

Casualty Date
Oct 18, 1966
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Kontum (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Lafayette Memorial Park - Fayetteville, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
11E 086

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
8th Army18th Air Defense Artillery GroupCommand & Control Central (CCC), MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1953-1954, 1812, 8th Army
  1960-1962, 1812, 18th Air Defense Artillery Group
  1966-1966, 11C20, Command & Control Central (CCC), MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)
  1966-1966, 11C40, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
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Last Known Activity

Operation Crimson Tide
13 Oct 66, Charles R. Vessel, SFC E-7 and Fedrick H. Lewis, SFC E-7, USASF, and forty Nungs Commandos of FOB-2, Kontum, Operation Crimson Tide, KIA (Lewis Smith reports: Fredrick was known as "Huckleberry" due to the straw hat he wore and both were part of a mission, which is credited as being the first to attempt to recover an American POW (USAF Captain Carl E. Jackson), being held by the Viet Cong at one of their R&R center located at Soc Trang. A SOG size company element was formed and commanded by Captain Frank Jaks, a Czechoslovakia by birth, and tasked with the rescue mission. Vessel and Lewis were part of the 3rd Platoon. Their helicopters landed them directly in front of two heavily armed Viet Cong Battalions and the 306 NVA regiment with an estimated 1,000 soldiers. The entire 3rd Platoon was annihilated.  Filed by Clyde Sincere: “Operation ‘Crimson Tide’ MACVSOG's first major ‘Bright Light’ mission to attempt the rescue of U.S. POW's in mid-October 1966.  All of the SOG participants were members of FOB-2.  Unfortunately, the hastily crafted mission caused the force to land right in the middle of two (2) well trained VC battalions.  Needless to say, they did not rescue anyone and FOB-2 suffered very heavy casualties including a couple of U.S. recon personnel.  This operation is covered in a couple of different chapters in Jay Veith's book: CODE NAME: "Bright Light, The Untold Story of U.S. POW Rescue Efforts During the Vietnam War".
SFC Charles Robert Vessels, Korean War Veteran, Dominican Republic Veteran and Vietnam Veteran. Born in Wheeling, West Virginia, he became a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Sergeant First Class Charles Robert Vessels was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army, SFC Vessels served our country until October 18th, 1966 in South Vietnam. He was 31 years old and was married.Charles was born on August 31st, 1935 in Wheeling, West Virginia. SFC Vessels is on panel 11E, line 086 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. SFC Vessels served our country for 12 years.
He was the husband of Mrs Margaret K Vessels, of Fayetteville, NC; father of Sylvia Vessels Price & husband Bill of Monroe, NC; Son of the late Mr Robert L Vessels and Dorothy Bogard Vessels, Ohio County, West Virginia; Brother to John W Vessels & wife Jill, Margaret V Robertson, Shirley V Edge, also of Wheeling and Judith V McAnarney & husband Steve of Paden City, West Virginia. He was also Brother to the late Gerald L Vessels and the later Clara V Ross. He is also survived by two grandsons, two great-granddaughters and many nieces and nephews.
He served with Forward Operating Base-2, Command and Control Central, Military Assistance Command Vietnam-Special Operations Group, 5th Special Forces Group, Special Forces Vietnam.
He was awarded The Combat Infantryman's Badge(CIB), The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, The National Defense Service Medal, The Army Good Conduct Medal and The Bronze Star Medal, 
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