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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: February 3, 1929
Date of death: August 24, 1968
Age: 39

Lucky Bag

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From the 1952 Lucky Bag:

Charles H. W. Read, Jr.

Miami, Florida

Wandering all the way from his beloved home in Florida, Wick stopped off for a stay at V.M.I, before finally making his goal here at the Academy. Being well coordinated in athletics, academics, and bull sessions, Wick's glib tongue told many a tale on all subjects dealt with at Tech, and it could be said that he was always prejudiced in his fervent and rabid belief that Navy footballers were the greatest, come what may. Wick's modest belief that his only claim to fame was rooming with "Hauffster" was a bit wrong though, for his personality and friendliness made him well known throughout the brigade. His love for the military will lead Wick to a bright career.


From Wall of Faces:

Major Charles Harold Wickliffe Read Jr. was the Pilot and 1st Lieutenant Melvin Earl Ladewig the Weapons System Officer onboard an F4D PHANTOM fighter aircraft on 24 August 1968 assigned to an armed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam.

As their flight was over Quang Binh Province, located about 10 miles southwest of the city of Quang Khe, a bombing run was made and afterwards their aircraft was seen as a large fireball on the ground by the pilots of the lead aircraft.

They reported no radio contact with either pilot prior to the crash, nor did they see parachutes or hear any emergency radio beeper signals to indicate that either Read or Ladewig ejected from their aircraft prior to its downing.

However, neither officer was declared dead, so the possibility existed that they may have safely exited their aircraft.

They remain to this day as being Missing In Action.

Both officers were promoted during the period they were maintained in Missing In Action status.

The Secretary of the Air Force eventually approved Presumptive Findings of Death for the two officers with Captain Ladewig on 8 November 1973 then later Colonel Read on 25 July 1978.

Their remains have still not been repatriated.


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So many people have written such kind words about my dad here. Please know that they are so appreciated. As my son, Stuart is now in high school, studying AP US History, it was great to read these tributes. I many times visited the memorial in VA, when I lived there with my brother. Now, living across the country, our family does not get back to our cherished VA and FL hometowns. Hope to look at VA colleges when Stuart graduates from high school next year. All the best to friends and family who care and remember my Dad.

Make It A Great Day Everyone and Happy Holidays! Johanna JOHANNA READ, JOHANNA.ETALK99@GMAIL.COM, 12/23/15

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