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Charles Swope '57

Date of birth: May 29, 1935

Date of death: November 9, 1966

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1957 Lucky Bag:


Charlie was a forward air controller and part of the 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron, 6253rd Combat Support Group, 14th Air Commando Wing, 7th Air Force when he was shot down on November 9, 1966 in Vietnam.

From the March 1967 issue of Shipmate:

Capt Charles F. Swope, USAF, was killed in action in South Vietnam on 9 Nov. He was serving as a pilot with 6253 Tactical Air Support Group, reporting in Vietnam on 23 August. Services were held on 26 Nov. with interment in Evergreen Cemetery at Southgate, Ky. Capt Swope, a native Kentuckian, was graduated from the Naval Academy in 1957, and commissioned in the U.S. Air Force. He received his wings on 13 Oct 1959. He had served at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida; Hahn Air Base, Germany, Vance AFB in Oklahoma and Pease AFB, New Hampshire. His medals included the Air Force Longevity Award with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the National Defense Medal and the Vietnamese Service Medal.

He is survived by his widow Bonnie; a son Frederick W. and daughter Kimberly of 9500 Toni Drive, Cuder Ridge, Miami, Fla.; and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred W. Swope of 105 Dixie Place, Fort Thomas, Ky.


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Charlie's brief Vietnam story is told over several pages of "Vietnam Above the Treetops: A Forward Air Controller Reports" by John F. Flanagan. The page where Charlie's death and recovery is described is not a part of the google search result. He had arrived at his operating base on Monday and was killed on a Wednesday while flying only his fifth mission.

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Class of 1957

Charles is one of 38 members of the Class of 1957 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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