Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Award of Air Force Cross to Charles D. King
The Air Force Cross
Charles D. King
Airman First Class Charles D. King distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as a Pararescue Specialist in Southeast Asia on 25 December 1968. On that date, Airman King was aboard a helicopter engaged in the recovery of a downed United States Air Force pilot from an extremely hostile area. With complete disregard for his own safety, Airman King voluntarily descended on a rescue hoist more than one hundred feet to the ground to aid the injured pilot. Once on the ground, he carried the rescue device to the pilot, freed him from the parachute, secured him to the rescue device, and then used the cable hoist to drag the pilot to a point near the hovering helicopter. Though wounded, Airman King, in an extraordinary display of courage and valor, placed his comrades lives above his own by refusing to continue their exposure to the murderous enemy fire. Without taking time to secure himself to the hoist cable, he radioed that he was hit and for the helicopter to pull away. Airman King made this selfless decision with the full realization that once the helicopter departed, he would be alone, wounded, and surrounded by armed,
Erected 2006 by Maxwell-Gunter AFSNCOA Class 06-C.
Location. 32° 24.258′ N, 86° 14.973′ W. Marker is in Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of McDonald Street and Avenue D. Touch for map. Located at the USAF Senior NCO Academy on Gunter AFB and requires base access. Marker is at or near this postal address: 550 McDonald Street, Montgomery AL 36114, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Award of Air Force Cross to Joel E. Talley (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Donald G. Smith (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Michael E. Fish (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Victor R. Adams (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Theodore M. Hamlin (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Nacey Kent Jr (here, next to this Award of Air Force Cross to Thomas A. Newman (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Leroy M. Wright (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base.
Regarding Award of Air Force Cross to Charles D. King. On Christmas Day 1968, A1C Charles D. King, a 40th ARRS pararescueman, and his fellow HH-3 crew members set out to find a downed pilot in Laos. When they located him, King descended, freed the wounded pilot from his parachute, and secured him to the hoist. However, as King tried to maneuver the pilot to a spot beneath the helicopter, intense enemy fire erupted, wounding King and hitting the chopper. King told the HH-3 pilot to pull up. The hoist cable snagged in a tree and pulled loose from the mount. His instructions to the Jolly Green saved the aircraft and crew. Two days of searching for King were unsuccessful. He was declared missing in action until Dec. 5, 1978, when he was listed as killed in action. His remains have never been recovered.
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