CW3 Charles W. Anderson was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 05/02/2005 at the age of 75.5
Fort Worth, TX
Flight Class 55-O
Date of Birth 10/19/1929
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 254 MED DET in 65-66
This information was provided by Fort Worth Star-Telegram obituary

More detail on this person: Charles Walter Anderson, 75, a retired pilot for Bell Helicopter, passed away Monday, May 2, 2005, at his residence.

Funeral: 1 p.m. Friday at Lucas Funeral Home in Hurst. Burial: 3 p.m. Friday in D/FW National Cemetery, Lane A. Visitation: The family will receive friends 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Lucas Funeral Home.

Charles W. Anderson born Oct. 19, 1929, in Brookfield, Mo. He joined the Army in 1948 at the young age of 18, stationed in Paris, France, and New Jersey. He was with the U.S. Embassy in Paris and learned to speak French fluently. He met the mother of his children, Lois, while stationed in Albuquerque, N.M., at Sandia Base in 1953 and they married in August 1954. He then went to Fort Rucker, Ala., where he earned his wings as a helicopter pilot. He qualified in helicopter and fixed wing aircraft.

He was stationed in South Korea in 1958. Before the Vietnam War was declared, he was with the unit that took the first armed helicopters from Thailand into Vietnam. His second trip to Vietnam was in 1965. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross three times for heroic rescue and medivac missions.

Retiring from the Army in 1968, he joined Bell Helicopter as an instructor and test pilot. He flew the corporate Citation jet until retirement in April of 1990.

He was a member of the Fort Worth Trap & Skeet Club for many years and was an avid skeet shooter and hunter.

The family wishes to thank his many close friends at Bell and the Fort Worth Trap & Skeet Club for their friendships and support over the years.

Survivors: Daughter, Roslyn and husband, Dr. Ed Smith, of Roanoke; son, Robert Anderson of Hurst; daughter, Heidi Arwine and husband, Jeff, of North Richland Hills; grandchildren, Austin and Taylor Williams, Tanner and Trevor Arwine.

Published in the Star-Telegram from 5/4/2005 - 5/5/2005.

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