Abel, Charles Seaborn, CPT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1966-1966, 1542, 68th Aviation Company (AH)
Service Years
1956 - 1966



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Casualty Info
Home Town
Hopkinsville, KY
Last Address
Hopkinsville, KY

Casualty Date
Sep 13, 1966
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Green Hill Memorial Gardens - Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Wall/Plot Coordinates
10E 089

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialKentucky Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2017, Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Aviator Badge (Basic)

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1964, Basic Infantry Officer Course (Fort Benning, GA)1
 Unit Assignments
68th Aviation Company (AH)1st Aviation Brigade
  1966-1966, 1542, 68th Aviation Company (AH)
  1966-1966, 1542, 1st Aviation Brigade/12th Combat Aviation Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

  • Casualty Occurrence:  Province Unknown. See Below:

    Local Captain Vietnam Victim: A Hopkinsville woman has been informed that her husband was killed in Vietnam after receiving notification last September that he was missing in action. Mrs. Charles S. Abel, a resident of Marietta Dr., received notification Sunday that Capt. Abel had died of wounds suffered in battle. She is the former Miss Mary Anne Thomas of this city. The Abels have two children, Tonya Jill, 5, and Charles Scott, 2; daughter Gina Renee was stillborn. The information received Sunday was the first word she had from the military authorities since the first notification last fall.

    Abel will be returned here for burial with Fuqua-Hinton Funeral Home to be in charge. Final arrangements have as yet not been made. Abel is a native of Modesto, Calif., where his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles V. Abel, still live. He was stationed at Ft. Campbell for about six years with the 101st Airborne Division before being sent to Vietnam. A career officer, he had been in the service for 11 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mineral Wells, Tex. Mrs. Abel hasnt been informed of details concerning her husbands death; however, he was a helicopter pilot and it is thought that he died as a result of a helicopter accident.

    --Kentucky New Era, Monday, June 12, 1967, page 1

    Charles' hometown was Hopkinsville, Kentucky. He joined the US Army in 1956 and began his Vietnam tour of duty on 15 Jun 1966 as a co-pilot on an UH-1B "Huey", tail #64-14088. Charles was married when he flew with the 68th AVN, called "The Top Tigers". He and his unit were called upon to supply a platoon and a heavy fire team to support a classified operation. Charles' helicopter was one of 2 gunships escorting five slicks when the landing zone was missed because of weather. His flight attempted to return to base but the aircraft became separated in heavy rain. His helicopter was seen, through a low ceiling with heavy rain and ground fog, slowing and settling into the jungle canopy. He died while missing but his body was recovered months later and returned to US soil on 10 Jun 1967.
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