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Sgt Charles Claybourn Cox
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Birth: Jan. 4, 1942
High Point
Guilford County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Nov. 4, 1965
Tan An, Vietnam

SGT Charles Claybourn Cox, Vietnam Veteran, Native of High Point, NC.

Sergeant Charles Claybourn Cox was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army, SGT Cox served our country until November 4th, 1965 in South Vietnam. He was 23 years old and was married. It was reported that Charles died from small arms fire or grenade. His body was recovered. SGT Cox is on panel 03E, line 017 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 4 years.

Hi Charles, My name is Jean Risley. I am the sister of Robert Tillquist, you served with him in Vietnam, he was the medic in your Company. I have been wondering for all these years about the three men he went out for and if they were still alive. Well I just found out about you yesterday and had to come to pay a tribute to you. I am proud of you for giving up your short life for our country, as I am sure your family is. Bob died on the same day, as he went out for the third soldier. "LOVE'S GREATEST GIFT---REMEMBRANCE", Jean Risley, rwrisley@snet.net.

The Funeral Services for Sgt Charles Claybourn Cox, 23, will be conducted Monday at 3:30pm at Friendly Baptist Church by the Reverend W.L. Smith, Reverend Worth R. Pugh and a Chaplain from Fort Bragg. Sgt Cox was killed in action November 4th, 1965, while serving with the First Cavalry Division, air Mobile, US Army in Vietnam. The body will removed to the home of the parents; Mr and Mrs James Carson Cox of 700 Springfield Road at 10am today, where it will remain until the hour of service.

In a little neighborhood church where he was described as a modern Day David who fought the Philistines, they held final rites yesterday for Charles C Cox. The crown overflowed the church and made up a huge cortege as the First High Pointer to give his life in Vietnam was brought home to a final resting place. A squad of soldiers in Army Greens with bright red scarves fires a rifle salute and another blew Taps from a distant hill as the services came to a close. Remembered by a teacher here as a young man who was ‘very kind', the youthful(23) Sergeant had been in Vietnam with the First Cavalry Division for some three months when he was killed. Details of his death have not been known here. The Ministers who presided at his funeral at Friendly Baptist Church on New Street pictured him as a young hero, a boy willing to volunteer for the service of his country. "I can find no fault with our President or what this country is doing in Vietnam", said Reverend Worth Pugh. ‘I would say that we could understand what is going on in this world, but if young man like him did not answer the call and served for three years. He came home in august of 1964 and got a job with Arthur A Oliver and Son, foam rubber supplies. His supervisor, Harold Gill, says he was an excellent worker. ‘I really hated to lose him. He didn't talk much about himself' He wasn't surprised when he said he was leaving to return to the service. Cox worked about four weeks as a rubber cutter before making his decision to reenlist. He was just at home in August just before being sent with his Air Mobile Unit to Vietnam. The minister of the Funeral recalled that he had married young Cox and his Wife Nancy just over two years ago. The pretty young wife and a large family of brothers and sisters, parents (Mr and Mrs James Carson Cox), and grandparents filled nearly half the church for the services.

Recalling the story of the boy David who went out to take food to his brothers and found them cowering before the Philistine giant Goliath, the Minister said, ‘There is a Goliath out there today, and somebody must go to face him.' He characterized the Vietnam was as ‘the righteous against the unrighteous.' As a trip sang a hymn, the solemn faced detail of Soldiers from Fort Bragg carried the coffin from the church to a seventy-two car procession which crossed the city to Floral Garden Park Cemetery. Scores encircled the grave site for the final prayers and watched as a sergeant presented the bright flag from the casket to Sgt Cox's widow. Principal A Doyle Early of Allen Jay high School remembers that young Cox came to his school when he was a high school junior. He says that Cox spent all of his afternoons and Saturdays working, but still found time to post an acceptable academic average. Early and the teachers described him as quiet and a good member of the student body, ‘never a discipline problem'. Cox enlisted in the Army in September following his high school graduation in June 1961.

Funeral for Sgt Charles Claybourn Cox, 22, will be conducted Monday at 3:30pm at Friendly Baptist Church by Reverend W.L. Smith, Reverend Worth R Pugh, and a Chaplain from Fort Bragg. Sgt Cox was killed in action November 4, 1965, while serving with the First Cavalry Division, Air Mobile, US Army in Vietnam. The body will be removed to the home of the parents, Mr and Mrs James Carson Cox of 700 Springfield Road at 10am today, where it will remain until the hour of the service.

He served with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division(AMBL), USARV.

He was awarded The Army Achievement 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.

 
 
Burial:
Floral Garden Memorial Park
High Point
Guilford County
North Carolina, USA
 
Created by: Tom Reece
Record added: Jan 10, 2007
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