Mensch, Charles Richart, SSG

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11D40-Armor Reconnaissance Specialist
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 11D40, B Troop, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry
Service Years
1949 - 1968

Staff Sergeant

Six Service Stripes

Five Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Detroit, MI
Last Address
Kansas City, Missouri

Casualty Date
Feb 01, 1968
Hostile, Died while Missing
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Binh Duong (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery - Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
36E 058 / Section P, site 2406

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1968, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 2nd Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Infantry Division1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry
  1966-1967, 11D10, 1st Infantry Division
  1967-1968, 11D40, B Troop, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1951 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Missouri-Columbia
  1953-1955, University of Missouri-Columbia
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
SSgt. Charles Mensch initially enlisted in the Army in 1949.

He attended the Unversity of Missouri, Columia campus for two years at one point (dates not known).

He served two tours of duty in Korea, and one in Germany. He was seriously wounded in the Korean War on 31 January 1951, and returned to duty as a PFC on 8 April 1951. Served with a light infantry unit.

He volunteered for service in Vietnam in October 1965 and was wounded in April 1966.  He returned to Vietnam in June 1967.

He was twice awarded the CIB.

Following his death in Vietnam, he was interred in Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas, Plot: P,  2406.

Note: His father Harold Mensch had served as an officer during WWI with the 85th Aero Squadron (Corps Observation Squadron) 1917-1919.  Last held rank was Captain.
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