More detail on this person: LTC Charles E. Humphries Retired Lieutenant Colonel Charles E. Humphries of Sherwood, 73, died on February 22, 2006, in the V.A. Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born on July 26, 1932 in Holly Springs, Arkansas. On July 14, 1956, he married Nell Shaddock. Charles Humphries was awarded the Soldier's Medal for heroism in Vietnam. On the early evening of January 30, 1968, Major Humphries distinguished himself with valorous actions while serving as Commanding Officer of the Air Cavalry Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. A helicopter experienced engine failure and crashed on the airfield at Lai Khe, Vietnam. Major Humphries immediately rushed to the scene and began organizing rescue efforts. Despite exploding ammunition and intense flames, he entered the cockpit and freed the co-pilot, who bad sustained multiple fractures of the arms and legs and was trapped in the burning aircraft. Despite painful facial injuries and burns, Major Humphries carried the man clear of the wreckage, saving a life at the risk of his own. His heroic actions not only exemplify the highest traditions of military service but, also, reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army. He served two tours in Vietnam achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) in the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Dillard Humphries (1911-2000) and Keetrel Juanita Launius-Humphries (1913-1982). He is the father of Barry Humphries, Todd Humphries, Jared Humphries and Melanie (Humphries) Bowers. He is the brother of Shirley (Humphries) Warrick. Funeral services were held at Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce with Rev. Paul Martin officiating and burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Holly Springs, Dallas County, Arkansas.
Burial information: Mount Olivet Cemetery, Holly Springs, AR
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