Charles Vernon MorganSpecialist Four
F TROOP, 4TH CAV RGT, 1 AVN BDE
Army of the United States
08 November 1944 - 02 May 1972
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The database page for Charles Vernon Morgan
Commenced tour in Vietnam on 2/22/72 (2nd tour).
After crossing enemy lines to pick up others trapped there, the helicopter was shot down. Due to hostiles around the site, they could not get in to recover any remains of casualties. It was presumed there were no survivors. Once the area was cleared, the remains were gathered for identification. There were few remains of the crew left for identification, but somehow, all on board were identified and listed killed in action.
A note to my Dad: I was so young when you left this world, and have few memories of you. The most distinctive memory I have is of your funeral. I know from stories told to me that we had a special bond and you referred to me as "your little girl" or "Daddy's girl". I often think of how different life would have been had you been around to see us grow up and share those special milestones. It's been many years now and I still miss you desperately. I often wonder, would you be proud? Have I made you proud? Although your three grandsons will never know you and of the sacrifice you made, I speak of you often with love and pride, and have instilled this pride in them.
Although you are gone - You are definitely not forgotten. I love you with every bit of my heart, and I am so proud to call you my dad.
Your little girl, Cami
A Note from The Virtual WallAs noted above, a UH-1H (tail number 70-15863) was charged with a mission near Quang Tri City, in an area infested with North Vietnamese Army units. When the Huey was shot down, it was in the midst of NVA forces and it was not possible to insert ground units to recover the crewmen, who were classed as Missing in Action.
Seven weeks later, on 20 Jul 1972, friendly forces were able to reach the wreckage and recover the remains. However, it was not until 22 May 1973 that it could be confirmed that all five men aboard 70-15863 had died in the crash:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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