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Charles Edward Parsons

Personal Data:

Birth Date:  9/17/46
Birth Place:  Jessup, GA
Sex:  Male
Race:  Caucasian
Religion:  Roman Catholic
U.S. Citizen:  Yes
Father's Name:   
Mother's Name:   
Sibling Names:   
Marital Status:  Single
Wife's Name:   
Offspring Names:   
School Attended:  Sumner Avenue School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  6/11/56
School Attended:  Forest Park Junior High School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  9/3/58
School Attended:  John J. Duggan Junior High School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  3/25/59
School Attended:  Cathedral High School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date: 9/7/60  
High School Diploma:  Yes
Diploma Year:  1964
Selective Service Data:
SSS Local Board Number:  83
SSS Local Board Location:  Springfield, MA
SSS Registration Date:  11/2/64  
SSS Registrant Description:  6' 2"/170 pounds/brown hair/blue eyes
Military Service Record:
Entry Date:  12/15/64
Entry Mode:  Enlistment
Entry Location:  Hartford, CT
Home Of Record:  Springfield, MA
Military Branch:  Marine Corps
Military Component:  Regular
Rank:  Sergeant
Rank Abbrev:  SGT
Pay Grade:  E5
MOS:  2542
MOS Title:  Communications Center Operator
Awards Received:  Purple Heart Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Length Of Service:  3 years
Southeast Asia Tour Data:
Date Tour Commenced:  10/15/66
Major Command:  U.S. Pacific Fleet
Sub Command 1:  Fleet Marine Force, Pacific
Sub Command 2:  5th Communication Battalion
Sub Command 3:  Headquarters Company
Vehicle/Equipment Type:  CH-46D assigned to HMM-262
Vehicle/Equipment S/N:  153360
Army Campaign Number:  4th
Army Campaign Name:  Counteroffensive, Phase II
Casualty Data:
Casualty Date:  2/28/68
Casualty Time:  1230
Co-Casualties:  KIA: PFC David Z. Balades; CPL Alfredo Benigni; CPL Kenneth R. Bradley; CPL Robert E. Caldwell; LCPL Ronald S. H. Christman; LCPL Kyle J. Coles; CPL Donald N. Cooper; CPL Ronald L. Dempsey; LCPL Matthew M. Dwyer Jr; CPT John P. Ellis; CPL Danny D. GARD; SGT Marc W. McCabe; MAJ Edwin G. Meixner; SGT James H. Mikels Jr; CPT Robert L. Sevell; PFC Emmett C. Stanton; CPT Jay W. Stull; SGT John P. Toth; CPL William O. Turner.
Casualty Age:  21
Casualty Data 1:  Hostile
Casualty Data 2:  Helicopter Non-Crew
Casualty Data 3:  Air Loss-Crash On Land
Casualty Province:  Quang Tri Province
Casualty Country:  South Vietnam
Located In Or Near:  6.5 miles NE Khe Sanh
Body:  Recovered
Burial Location:  Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
Burial Plot Location: 
Burial Date:  4/1/68
Consigned Funeral Home:  Superintendent, Arlington National Cemetery
Escort Name:  SGT Larry C. Reynolds, USMC
Springfield 50 Casualty Order:  19th
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number:  41E
                                                  Line Number:  70

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