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Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Air Force 1
Rank:
Chief Master Sergeant 2
Birth:
11 Apr 1928 2
Death:
09 Jul 1974 2
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Full Name:
Charles Gale Dusing 2
Birth:
11 Apr 1928 2
Male 2
Death:
09 Jul 1974 2
Cause: Unknown, Not Reported 2
Age at Death: 46 2
Body Recovered: Not recovered 2
Casualty Date: 31 Oct 1965 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died While Captured 2
Residence:
Hometown: Charleston, SC 2
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Married 2
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Air Force 1
Rank:
Chief Master Sergeant 2
Air Group:
6250th CSG 2
Enlistment Type:
Regular 2
Grade:
E9 2
Major Command:
13th AF 2
Service:
Air Force 2
Squadron:
6250th Spt Sqdn 2
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Religion:
Baptist - Other Groups 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 8 2
Panel: 03E 2

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Stories

On Saturday, 30 October 1965, four friends - SSgt Samuel Adams, SSgt Charles G. Dusing, TSgt Jasper N. Page and TSgt Thomas Moore - departed Tan Son Nhut Airbase in an Army UH1B helicopter bound for the resort city of Vung Tao and a weekend of swimming in the South China Sea. They arrived at Vung Tao about 10 AM, rented a beach cottage, and spent the remainder of the day and the next morning enjoying the beach. In the early afternoon Samuel Adams placed a call to Tan Son Nhut Airbase to confirm their return flight and was informed that no aircraft was available. The four men began thinking of ways to return to Saigon.

They were able to arrange for a lift with an older Vietnamese lady who agreed that her driver could take them to Tan Son Nhut after dropping her off at her home. At about 1630 they departed Vung Tao, heading toward Saigon on Route 15. After dropping off the older lady, they continued toward Saigon. However, about a mile southeast of Ap Tham Thien the truck was halted and the four Americans captured by Viet Cong.

The VC disarmed and tied their captives and marched them into the jungle. Two days later, Page and Adams were able to escape. Adams was recaptured at once, and possibly wounded as well. Page was able to evade recapture and by 4 November had made his way to the Tam An Special Forces Camp. Search and rescue efforts were begun immediately but to no avail - the other three men could not be located.


Tribute

What an honor to leave a tribute to a flyer, I never knew, who gave the ultimate price.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
L.B.

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