McGonigle, Charles D., SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Medical Corps
Last Primary MOS
91B10-Medical Specialist
Last MOS Group
Medical Department (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1970-1972, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC
Service Years
1969 - 1970

Specialist 4


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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1949
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Pittsburgh, PA
Last Address
Oakmont

Casualty Date
Dec 19, 1972
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Quang Tin (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Saint Josephs Cemetery - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
03W 129

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Medical Shoulder Cord


 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Medical 1st Award

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1969, 5th Battalion, 1st Training Brigade (Fort Jackson, SC), C/1
 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 46th Infantry 198th Light Infantry Brigade23rd Infantry Division (Americal)Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC
  1970-1970, HHC, 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry
  1970-1970, 198th Light Infantry Brigade
  1970-1970, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
  1970-1972, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Medically retired December 1970.
   
Comments/Citation

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) ¯Searching the list of local names inscribed on the Wall after the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982, Jenny McGonigle of Oakmont discovered her son's name was left off the Memorial. "As a mother, I was looking for my son's name and I looked and I looked and I went up and down the columns and I couldn't find him." Searching the list of local names inscribed on the Wall after the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982, Jenny McGonigle of Oakmont discovered her son's name was left off the Memorial. "So I thought, 'Now what do I do?'," she said. 


It was the beginning of a saga the involved KDKA-TV, then-Congressman Doug Walgren, and his young chief of staff -- Jon Delano -- who is now the Money & Politics Editor for KDKA-TV. Army medic Charles McGonigle was shot in Vietnam in 1970 while treating his comrades under fire. McGonigle lapsed into a coma, as his father -- who snuck into Vietnam to get his son -- told KDKA in 1982. "No visa, no nothing -- but I got over there, and I saw my son. He was unconscious. Never woke up -- 28 months in December 1972," the senior McGonigle recalled. His son died in Pittsburgh outside the war zone. "They put together this war zone idea and they certified these names to us as official casualties," recalls Jan Scruggs, who chaired the effort to build the Memorial. The Pentagon, says Scruggs, had strict rules about who could be listed on it.  "Someone needed to sort of force the issue in order to force a new policy," he added. That someone was KDKA's Aviva Radbord, the station's weekend assignment editor, who called Jon Delano, Walgren's top aide in Washington. That began a year-long effort -- with lots of letters and calls -- to get the name inscribed on the wall.

Ultimately the issue reached the President's desk. "President Reagan said although they are not in the war zone, I am the Commander in Chief and these names will be placed on the memorial," Scruggs noted. Twenty-five years ago today, the McGonigles went to Washington -- this time to see their sons' names now inscribed on the wall. On this Veterans Day, Mrs. McGonigle echoes words of all who have lost loved ones in war. "No more walls, no more wars, let's live at peace."

   
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