Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Air Force 1
Lieutenant Colonel 2
14 Mar 1930 2
24 Jan 1974 2

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Full Name:
Charles Edward Cappelli 2
14 Mar 1930 2
Male 2
24 Jan 1974 2
Cause: Air Loss, Crash - Land 2
Age at Death: 43 2
Body Recovered: Recovered on 15 Dec 1988 2
Casualty Date: 17 Nov 1967 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died While Missing 2
Hometown: Providence, RI 2
Marital Status: Married 2

Vietnam War 1

Air Force 1
Lieutenant Colonel 2
Air Wing:
355th TFW 2
Enlistment Type:
Regular 2
O5 2
Major Command:
13th AF 2
Air Force 2
Pilot, Tactical Fighter F-105 (USAF) 2
354th TFS 2
Tour Start Date:
31 Jul 1967 2
Years Served:
11 2
Roman Catholic 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 6 2
Panel: 30E 2

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I never knew Major Cappelli. As a high school student in Guam I wore a POW bracelet for almost two years from 1969-1971 with his name on it. I always wondered what happened to him and wanted to learn more about him. Later in life I visited the wall and found his name. I have shown my children his name and talked about the war and the bracelet I wore. Now I see a lot more about his life. We are both Roman Catholics. It is sad for me to see that he lived for six years after being shot down. Thanks for providing this information. I will continue to pray for him and his family. Mark Armstrong, Bismarck, North Dakota.

I worked with Colonel Cappelli's brother for many years and I only knew of his being shot down and the later return of his remains. His family was well known in R.I. and if any of his family or friends see this, I have not forgotten his sacrifice and service to this country. I will look up his name when next I visit the wall.

Aug. 17, 2008 I visited the R.I. Veterans Cemetary today and while there, I checked the list of dead and MIA in Viet Nam, which is a set of monuments with the names inscribed. I checked Col. Cappelli's name and there has been a correction on the stone which lets you know that he is no longer missing.

i wore a POW bracelet through high school with Major Cappelli's name on it and even though I didn't know him he was my friend he went everywhere with me cause I never took the bracelet off. He went to prom and graduation I prayed for him but I never knew if he was ok. I now know that he was returned home on my birthday so we still have somewhat of a connection. I will continue to pray for his family and that he is resting in paradise along with all the soldiers that sacrifice so much for us. 

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