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Charles Seymour Kettles Collection

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Charles Seymour Kettles Collection

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Name:
Charles Seymour Kettles
State of Birth:
MI
Home State:
MI
Gender
Male
Race
White

War or Conflict
Korean War, 1950-1953
Military Status
Veteran
Dates of Service
1951-1978
Entrance into Service
Drafted
Branch of Service
Army
Unit of Service
1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division
Location of Service
Korea; Japan; France; Fort Knox, Kentucky; Fort Ord, California; Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Fort Bliss, Texas
Prisoner of War
No

War or Conflict
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Military Status
Veteran
Entrance into Service
Drafted
Branch of Service
Army
Unit of Service
176th Aviation Company, 14th Combat Aviation Battalion, Americal Division; 121st Aviation Company; Task Force Oregon
Location of Service
Vietnam; Thailand; Fort Wolters, Texas; France; Fort Sam Houston, Texas
Highest Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Prisoner of War
No
Service History Note
The veteran earned the Medal of Honor for his service on 05/05/1967 near the Song Tra Cau riverbed in Vietnam. When he learned that members of a 101st Airborne Division unit had suffered casualties during an intense firefight with the enemy, he volunteered to lead a flight of six UH-1D helicopters to carry reinforcements to the embattled force and to evacuate wounded personnel. He returned repeatedly to evacuate personnel under fire.

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Type of Resource:
Video: DVD [1 item] -- Oral history interview
Manuscript: Military papers (orders, personnel/201 files, etc) [2 items] -- Typewritten document
Photograph: Mixed (Multiple types of photographs) [3 items] -- Photographs
Manuscript: Clippings [2 items] -- Typewritten document
Interviewer:
William Vollano
Contributor:
Mimi Chapman
Contributor Affiliation/Organization:
Ypsilanti District Library and Ypsilanti Rotary
Collection #:
AFC/2001/001/53019
Subjects:
Kettles, Charles Seymour
Korean War, 1950-1953--Personal Narratives
United States. Army.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Personal Narratives
United States. Army.
Cite as:
Charles Seymour Kettles Collection
(AFC/2001/001/53019), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
 
 

 

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