|Birth: ||Feb. 12, 1940|
|Death: ||Sep. 22, 1966, Vietnam|
son of Fern Knochel & Jeanette Merritt
He married Harriet Heise 27 Dec 1964 Annapolis, MD
He was shot down over Vietnam.
Lt. Charles A. Knochel, 26, Viet War Victim
Navy Lt. Charles Allen Knochel, 26, Buck Creek, died Thursday, Sept. 22, when his Nancy Skyrider jet fighter plane was shot down during a mission over North Viet Nam.
His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fern L. Knochel, who live on Route 5 at the edge of Buck Creek, were first informed their son was missing by Navy personnel from Purdue university.
Later Thursday they received a telegram from the Navy Department saying he had been killed in action.
The officer's father said they were told his son's jet had reached the open sea, presumabley on the flight back to the carrier, and that he successfully bailed out. Skyraiders do not have ejection seats.
Since Lt. Knochel was a proficient swimmer, the older Knochel said, "we assume he either was wounded and unable to further help himself, or became entangled in his parachute. "there is no hope of locating the flier's body.
Lt. Knochel as a part of Squadron VA176 was assigned to the carrier USS Intrepid last March in the waters off South Viet Nam.
His widow, the former Harriet Tyler Heise of Annapolis, Md., said he never had indicated the number of missions he had flown, but had been looking forward to rest and recuperation in the Philippines, and hoped to leave for home the latter part of October or early November.
He was graduated from Buck Creek high school in 1957 and after a year at Purdue entered the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. He was graduated in 1962, took flight training at Pensacola, Fla., and received his wings at the Corpus Christi (Tex.) Naval Air Station in 1963.
Last year he took part in a cruise on the carrier USS Shangri La in the Mediterranean Sea and through last winter was stationed at the Jacksonsville (Fla.) Naval Air Station.
He recently was awarded an Air Medal with gold star aboard the Intrepid "for meritorious achievement in aerial flight."
The officer's widow has been living with her sister in Williamsburg, Va., whose husband is also in Viet Nam. The couple's daughter, Elizabeth Merritt, is eight months old.
Lt. Knochel's father is a Republican member of the Tippecanoe County Council from the 2nd District.
Also surviving are a brother, John of Indianpolis; two sister, Mary J and Jane, at home; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Gust Knochel and Mr. and Mrs. P.W. Merritt of Remington; and numerous other relatives in the Remington area.
Memorial services were conducted at 2 p.m. last Sunday at the Buck Creek Methodist church, the Rev. O.P. Manker officiating, with military rites by the Navy ROTC of Purdue.
The Lafayette Leader
Thursday, 29 Sep 1966, pg. 8, col 4 & 5
Memorial Service For Lt. Knochel
A memorial service was held Sunday, Sept. 25, at Buck Creek Methodist church for Navy Lt. Charles Allen Knochel, 26, of Buck Creek, who died Thursday, Sept. 22, when his jet fighter plane was shot down over North Viet Nam. He is the third serviceman from Tippecanoe county to lose his life in the Viet Nam War.
Rev. O.P. Manker officiated at the service with military rites conducted by the Navy ROTC at Purdue university. Hippensteel funeral directors were in charge of arrangements.
A 1962 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., Lt. Knochel had been assigned to the carrier USS Intrepid since last March. Last year he took part in a cruise on the carrier USS Shangri La in the Mediteranean Sea and through last winter he was stationed at the Jacksonville (Fla.) Naval Air Station.
He was graduated in 1957 from Buck Creek high school and entered the Naval Academy after a year at Purdue universitry. He took flight training at Pensacola, Fla., and received his wings at the Corpus Christi (Tex.) Naval Air Station in 1963.
He was married to Harriet Tyler Heise of Annapolis, Md.
Surviving besides the widow are a daughter, Elizabeth Merritt, eight months old; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fern Knochel of R. 5; a brother, John of Indianapolis, and two sisters, Mary Jo and Jane, at home.
Fern Lowell Knochel (1916 - 1997)
Mary Jeanette Merritt Knochel (1913 - 1999)
Charles Allen Knochel (1940 - 1966)
Mary Jo Knochel (1945 - 2009)*
Note: LT Lafayette
Body lost at sea
Created by: Alana Knochel Bauman
Record added: Aug 26, 2010
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