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Sgt Charles Edward Battles
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Birth: Mar. 5, 1933
Warren
Trumbull County
Ohio, USA
Death: Jun. 29, 1969
Ben Luc, Vietnam

SFC Charles Edward Battles, Vietnam Veteran, Born in Ohio, he became a resident of North Carolina.

Sergeant First Class Charles Edward Battles was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army, SFC Battles served our country until June 29th, 1969 in Long An, South Vietnam. He was 37 years old and was married. It was reported that Charles died from an undetermined explosion. His body was recovered. Charles was born on March 5th, 1932 in Warren, Ohio. SFC Battles is on panel 21W, line 030 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 16 years.

Charles will be honored at the Ohio Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Park in Clinton, Ohio. You Are Not Forgotten, Dan DeLa Rosa, www.hack1966.com/memorial, ohiovietnam@aol.com.

You are the grandfather of my boyfriend and I wanna say thank you. Jessi.

Sgt Battles and I were comrades in Company C, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne in 1965-66. He arrived in C Company in December '65 having come from the 82nd Airborne. He was assigned as a Squad Leader of an 81mm mortar squad. He came to an outfit that had been in Nam for 5 months already and, like a lot of guys coming out to Nam, Sgt. Battles was carrying some extra weight. After several weeks in the field he was obviously thinner. Now Charles was a big man and had a great sense of humor. One morning we had the chance to bathe in a stream we were next to and he was talking about all the weight he had dropped and said, "look here Cook, I'm as neat around the waist as a wasp, and big across the chest like a Budweiser hoss," and this made us all laugh. I remember Sgt. Battles as a good friend and brave trooper. He was killed 29 June 1969 w/C 1/327 exactly 3 yrs to the day we said goodbye at Dak To. David S Cook.

A man full of life: I was stationed with Sgt. Battles in a former French School compound. We were based in the city of Tan An within Long An Province south of Saigon, about halfway to the Mekong Delta on Highway One. He was an army advisor to the South Vietnamese Army (ARVN) and would accompany them on patrols or sweeps through the countryside. Sgt Battles was a large, loud, fun-loving man who brought a lot of life and laughter to all of us in the compound. My favorite memory of him was his enthusiastic pinochle play. We were all stunned when he lost his leg and then his life. I am sure everything was done to save him but most of us felt that his great, powerful life force could not survive the loss of his leg. Lynn McPheron, lmcpher@aol.com.

He was the husband of Mrs. Annie L.Battles of Fayetteville, NC. and the father of one son.

He served with Headquarters, Advisory Team 86, MAC Advisory Teams, MACV.

He was awarded The Silver Star Medal for Bravery in Action, The Combat Infantryman's Badge(CIB), The Bronze Star medal, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and The Good Conduct Medal.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Minnie Mae Smith Stubbs (1915 - 1987)
 
Burial:
Rockfish Memorial Park
Fayetteville
Cumberland County
North Carolina, USA
 
Maintained by: Tom Reece
Originally Created by: Rozaj
Record added: Sep 01, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41459353
Sgt Charles Edward Battles
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Sgt Charles Edward Battles
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Sgt Charles Edward Battles
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- Bonnie
 Added: May. 18, 2014
You and men like you, are the reason we are free today! As a spouse of a NAVY veteran I salute you sir for the sacrifices that you made!
- CindyS
 Added: May. 30, 2013
A True Hero.
- Bonnie
 Added: Feb. 7, 2013
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