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Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Colonel Charles M. Thrash

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, March 19, 2017
1. Colonel Charles M. Thrash Marker
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Colonel Charles M. "Charlie" Thrash was stationed at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base on three different occasions. During these three tours he filled nearly every flying-related leadership position in the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing and amassed more than 2,000 flying hours the A-10A, more than any other A-10 pilot assigned to the base. He served as a Squadron pilot, Instructor pilot, Mission Commander Standardization-Evaluation pilot, Flight Commander, Assistant Operations Officer of the 356th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Operations Officer of the 355th Tactical Fighter Squadron, and Commander of the 353rd Fighter Squadron. During these three assignments, Colonel Thrash was instrumental in developing joint Army and Air Force training and employment tactics and spear-heading Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) multi-force training initiatives.

Colonel Thrash served as the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing Vice Wing Commander during his last tour at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base (1991-1992). During this post-Desert Storm period he was responsible for developing and managing the initial base closure processes. Following his final tour at Myrtle Beach,
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By Michael Herrick, March 19, 2017
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he was assigned to the 23rd Wing, Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina, as the Operations Group Commander. He was responsible for developing and integrating the operational concepts for the Air Force's first Air Land Composite Wing.

Colonel Thrash earned numerous awards during his 26-year -career, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Aerial Achievement Medal. He participated in 240 combat missions in three different theaters of operation and completed nearly 700 hours of combat flying. Colonel Thrash served tours of duty in Vietnam, Texas, Hawaii, Saudi Arabia, North Carolina and Washington D.C. He retired in 1995 as the Vice Wing Commander of the 23rd Wing.
 
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Location. 33° 39.697′ N, 78° 56.253′ W. Marker is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Horry County. Memorial is at the intersection of Pampas Drive and Mallard Lake Drive, on the left when traveling west on Pampas Drive. Located in Market Common. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonel Alva "George" Branch (here, next to this marker); Chaplain (Major General) Charles C. Baldwin (here, next to this marker); Woodland Park Base Housing (here, next to this marker); 1943 (within
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shouting distance of this marker); Chapel (within shouting distance of this marker); Bowling Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Gerald R. Murray (within shouting distance of this marker); Movie Theater (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 25, 2017. It was originally submitted on March 25, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 268 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 25, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.

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