LTC Donald G. Charlton was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 07/17/2013 at the age of 69.2 from Surgery
Reno, NV
Flight Class 69-6
Date of Birth 05/15/1944
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 173 ABN BDE in 69-70
Call sign in Vietnam CASPER 571
This information was provided by William Fielding

More detail on this person: Charlton, Donald G. Graduated with Flight Class 69-6, flew in Vietnam with Aviation Platoon, HHC 173d Abn Bde (1969-70).

LTC(R) Donald G. Charlton passed away on July 17 while undergoing a surgical procedure in Reno, Nevada. He is survived by his wife, Shari Charlton; his children Christian, Elizabeth, Jonathon, Derek and Keven; grandchildren Campbell and Kyle and brother Lee. Don was an alumnus of the University of Georgia and proud Sigma Chi Brother. After graduation Don enlisted in the Army and graduated from OCS and then Officer Rotary Wing Aviator Course 69-6. Upon completion of flight school, he was assigned to the Aviation Platoon of the 173 Airborne Brigade. Known as the Casper Platoon from the unique tactical call sign, Don served with distinction in several positions of responsibility, finishing his tour as the Brigade Commander's pilot. After his tour,

Don continued to be selected for further positions of responsibility; including

company and battalion command positions in both aviation and non-aviation units, in CONUS and in Korea. His famous ski school smile and smooth southern charm served him well when he was selected to direct the personal staff of General John Vessey during the later's command of the Eighth U.S. Army and of U.S. Forces, Korea. Don's last military assignment was as the Commander of the Atlanta Army Recruitment Command. After retirement, Don worked in leadership positions, primarily in the petroleum management industry. Residing in Reno, Nevada, he became passionately involved in

the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund, an advocacy organization for the well-being of the wild mustangs of the Nevada high country. Additionally, he

maintained close connections with his many friends and colleagues, both military and civilian. His friends have missed the frequent telephone and Skype conversationsthat maintained the Charlton Circle of Friends

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