Charles Milton Fitts

First Lieutenant
Army of the United States
21 November 1932 - 11 January 1963
San Angelo, Texas
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Army Aviator

DFC, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Charles Milton Fitts

20 Jun 2006

Captain Fitts was a career military man from San Angelo, Texas. He first entered the Army as an enlisted man after graduating from high school and taking college courses in San Angelo. He served six years as an enlisted man and applied for and was accepted for OCS in Field Artillery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He completed OCS and was commissioned a 2LT in April 1961. He immediately applied and was accepted for Rotary Flight Training. He completed training in 1962 and applied for a branch transfer to Transportation and was promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

He went to Vietnam as a helicopter pilot with the Military Assistance Advisory Group in October 1962. He died as a passenger on a CH-21C helicopter that went down under hostile conditions. He was the first casualty of San Angelo and the second Permian Basin area serviceman to die in Vietnam.

He is remembered by the Concho Valley Vietnam Memorial and by the Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Midland, Texas. May his sacrifice not be forgotten.

29 Jul 2006

1LT Fitts was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for a previous action. Building 312 at Fort Rucker, Alabama is named for LT Fitts.

From a PBVVM representative,
Billy M. Brown
4015 Melody Lane, Odessa, Texas 79762

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Seven men died when a CH-21C helicopter (hull number 55-04220) belonging to the 57th Transportation Company went down. The three crewmen were from the 57th; four passengers were from the 93rd Transportation Company.
  • CW2 Raymond Charles Wilde, pilot, 57th Trans Co
  • CW2 Lawrence Clair Hammond, co-pilot, 57th Trans Co
  • PFC Boyce Eugene Lawson, crew chief, 57th Trans Co
  • CPT Donald Bonney Toth, passenger, 93rd Trans Co
  • 1LT Lewis Lynn Stone, passenger, 93rd Trans Co
  • 1LT Charles Milton Fitts, passenger, 93rd Trans Co
  • SP5 James Delmas McAndrew, passenger, 93rd Trans Co
On 25 June 1963, the 93rd Transportation Company (Light Helicopter) was redesignated the 121st Aviation Company and later was redesignated as the 121st Assault Helicopter Company (121st AHC).

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a PBVVM representative,
Billy M. Brown
4015 Melody Lane, Odessa, Texas 79762

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 20 Jun 2006
Last updated 08/01/2006