PENN, CHARLES HUGHES  

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Casualty Record

 

Name:
PENN, CHARLES HUGHES


Rank / Branch:
MAJOR, U.S. AIR FORCE


Unit:
13TH AIR FORCE


Date of Birth:
1916-07-25


Date of Loss:
1966-04-11


Country of Loss:
SOUTH VIETNAM


Loss Coordinates:
QUANG NAM


Status:
OTHER ACCIDENT


Category:
BODY RETURNED


Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground:
GROUND


Awards & Decorations:
SEE BIO


Other:
MARRIED

 

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Veteran Hagiography

CHARLES HUGHES PENN, MAJOR, U.S. AIR FORCE, BIG SPRING, HOWARD COUNTY, TEXAS

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Air Force Pilot Wings, Purple Heart, Air Force Commendation's Medal , Air Force Reserve Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, Army Good Conduct Medal. Air Force Longevity Medal with Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, POW Medal (WW II),  European Campaign Medals World War II,  American Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Star,  World War II Victory Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nation's Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal

BIOGRAPHY

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Charles was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky.  He was the youngest of 11 children.  He was known as Chuck.  He entered the Army Air Corp as an enlisted man in  January 1942  and became a flight officer candidate.  He was commissioned as a 2 LT after flight school on 10 November 1942 and was trained to fly the B-17.  He served in the African, Middle East and Western European theaters during World War II.  His B-17 was shot down over Germany in 1943 and he was captured and spent the remainder of the war as a prisoner of war.  He was released after the war after 21 months of captivity.  He separated from the Army Air Corp and returned to civilian life and remained in the reserves from January 11, 1946 until April 1, 1951 when he was recalled to active service   He had completed his B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1950. 

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He married Evelyn Virginia in 1947 and became the father of four children, Charles Jr. born in 1948, Lee Dickson, born in 1950, Deborah born in 1956 and James Lawson born in 1959.   During the Korean War he was an installation engineer at Osan AFB, Korea.  He spent 18 months in the Korean theater.  After the Korean War, he remained in the Air Force on active duty as a Civil Engineer and completed his M.S. degree at the Air Force Advanced School of Engineering at the Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio.  He had an earlier assignment at OAFB, Nebraska and after completing his assignment at Wright-Patterson, he did a tour at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina and then assigned to Lindsay AFB in Wiesbaden, Germany for two years.   He was assigned as the Chief of Civil Engineering at Webb Air Force Base in March, 1963.  The family resided on base and his wife became very involved in the community.  She started a dance studio which catered to the youth of Big Spring.  In the fall of 1965, he was assigned to work as the Chief Resident Engineer assigned to the 6003th Support Squadron, 13th Air Force and was assigned to work primarily with the U.S. Navy in the Da Nang Area of Vietnam.  He was killed from accidental homicide on April 11, 1966.   Details are unknown.

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He was buried with full military honors in Lexington, Kentucky.  He was survived by his wife and four children who were living off-base and  remained in Big Spring until the oldest son graduated from high school.  At the time of his death, his oldest son, Chuck, Jr.  was a junior at Big Spring High School, his son Dick was a a student at Goliad Junior High School, Debbie and James were students at Marcy Elementary.  In the summer of 1967, his  family then moved to Lexington, Kentucky where Chuck Jr. enrolled at Bowling Green College as a premed student. 

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 Georgetown Cemetery, Georgetown, Kentucky

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Major Penn had served in a military capacity for his country for 24 years, 20 years of which were spent on active duty.    

 
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