Charles C Dickerson, Jr

Army of the United States
23 April 1948 - 08 April 1969
Jacksonville, Florida
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Charles C Dickerson, Jr

04 Mar 2002

I was only five years old when I first met Chuck. He was engaged to my godmother. I remember she told me I would really like him and that he could blow smoke rings. I was their flower girl in their wedding. I used to spend the weekend with them. Chuck would carry me to bed on his back and would watch cartoons with me on Saturday mornings. I spent time with them before he shipped out for training. We spent a lot of time at the beach.

I still remember the day my Mom told me he was dead. I was in first grade and she had just picked me up from school. I wasn't allowed to go to the funeral home. He had stepped on a mine and they wanted me to remember him the way he was. I remember his funeral and the 21 gun salute.

Chuck, I miss you. All I have are my memories and I was so young. I've visited the Traveling Wall twice now just to see your name and touch it.

Love, Cindy

From his cousin,
Cynthia M. (Kremer) Keeble

31 Oct 2005

Please know that "Chuck" has not been forgotten by his classmates of Paxon Senior High School, class of 1966, Jacksonville, Florida. He had gorgeous red hair and a beautiful smile. We thank Chuck for his sacrifice, he is truly a "Golden Eagle".

From a classmate,
Paxon Senior High, class of 1966,
Yvonne Phillips Johnson

03 May 2007

My name is Anthony V. DiGiorgi. I was the platoon leader for Bravo Company, 2/12, 1st Cav, Tay Ninh, LZ Grant, 1969. Each company operated on their own, within the artillery fan of the LZ. Many of us had no real contact with the other companies unless a joint operation was ordered.

I cannot say I knew Sgt Dickerson, A 2/12, but I know he was as the rest of us - doing a duty America and the military requested. He fell during that endeavor, and I am saddened beyond words.

On April 8, 1969, B 2/12 was ordered to secure a landing zone for a combat assault to another area of operation. After having approached the LZ, and before aircraft arrived, we were ambushed by enemy forces awaiting us. We lost many brave soldiers that day, and it was not a good day for A company in an adjoining area of operation. My RTO (Radio/Telephone Operator), Raymond Anthony Gray, among others, was killed by enemy fire. I will always remember that day - I was fortunate while others were not.

Raymond Anthony Gray served with the 1st Cav, in B 2/12. He was a hero, just as was Sgt Dickerson. I rue the days of Viet Nam, but am blessed to have known such honorable men.

Anthony V. DiGiorgi
1LT, Infantry
B 2/12
1st Cavalry Division
RVN 1/69 - 1/70
807 North Avenue, Millvale, Pa 15209

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 08 Apr 1969 the 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry, lost five men in Tay Ninh Province west of Saigon:
  • A Co, 2nd Bn, 12th Cavalry
    • SGT Charles C. Dickerson, Jacksonville, FL
    • SP4 Keith N. Miller, Racine, WI

  • B Co, 2nd Bn, 12th Cavalry
    • SP4 Edward M. Kachman, North Braddock, PA
    • PFC Raymond A. Gray, Cleveland, OH
    • PFC Jackie L. Tate, Branson, MO

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his cousin,
Cynthia M. (Kremer) Keeble

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 4 Mar 2002
Last updated 10/11/2007