Summary

Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Lance Corporal 2
Birth:
18 Nov 1948 2
Death:
18 Jun 1968 2
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Full Name:
Charles Blake Thomas 2
Birth:
18 Nov 1948 2
Male 2
Death:
18 Jun 1968 2
Cause: Gun, Small Arms Fire 2
Age at Death: 19 2
Body Recovered: Recovered 2
Casualty Date: 18 Jun 1968 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 2
Residence:
Hometown: Cucamonga, CA 2
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Single 2
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Lance Corporal 2
Battalion:
3rd Bn 2
Company:
H&S Co 2
Enlistment Type:
Regular 2
Grade:
E3 2
Major Command:
1st Mar Div 2
Regiment:
5th Marines 2
Service:
Marine Corps 2
Specialty:
Assaultman (USMC) 2
Tour Start Date:
30 Sep 1967 2
Years Served:
1 2
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Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 29 2
Panel: 56W 2

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Chuck was my older brother. I worshipped him. He was a sensitive soul, loving and kind, funny and everyone loved him. Animals behind fences with "beware of dog" signs, would jump the fence to lick his face. He had no fear, was something of a daredevil as a child and teenager. He loved his family, his friends and his country. He loved practical jokes, and teasing me. Yet, he always let me tag along behind him, and protected me. Memories of Chuck are as fresh today as if they happened yesterday. Life seems so unfair when one so loving is taken from us. But he told me himself that if he didn't die in Nam, he'd live forever. There were at least 75 women, of all ages at his funeral, and none of the family knew them, but they knew Chuck, and they all loved him. If there is anyone reading this that served with my brother, please feel free to contact me. After two years of disbelieving he was actually gone, he came to me and told me that he was 'okay', and was still watching out for me. There is life after death, as this was not a dream, but a visitation. He was well, and content. I adored him, worshipped him, and love him more than anyone else in my life. He was my big brother, and I miss him every day. Susan Thomas Barger. suze@olypen.com

5th Marine Brother

" H & S "  3 / 5..Rest in peace brother...semper fi....Joe

Thank you Cpl.for your service to this great nation and to our Corps.

THE WALL Standing here in front of the Wall
silently reading your name
solemnly I thank you one and all
Each of you different, yet the same The list seems forever endless
but I remember your faces
you made the supreme sacrifice, I confess
as I walk slowly with measured paces Each one of you answered the call
willingly or not, you gave your lives
Rest easy, my Brothers - heroes all
The Nation still survives
"War drew us from our homeland In the sunlit springtime of our youth. Those who did not come back alive remain in perpetual springtime -- forever young -- And a part of them is with us always." --- Author Unknown --- God Bless  You      

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