Gillespie, Jr., Charles Rodgers, CAPT

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1982-1983, 131X, NAVAL WEAPONS SYSTEMS COMMAND (NAVWEPSYSCOM)
Service Years
1951 - 1986
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon
Neptune Subpoena
Captain
Captain

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Home State
Mississippi
Mississippi
Year of Birth
1929
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Meridian
Last Address
Meridian, Mississippi

Date of Passing
Feb 28, 1989
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30


 Unofficial Badges 

Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon


 Military Association Memberships
United States Naval Academy Alumni AssociationTailhook AssociationMilitary Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesF-4 Phantom II Society
USS Constellation CVA/CV-64 AssociationBlue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans AssociationAmerican Ex-POW AssociationVeterans of the Vietnam War
  1951, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association - Assoc. Page
  1954, Tailhook Association
  1961, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1964, F-4 Phantom II Society [Verified]
  1966, USS Constellation CVA/CV-64 Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1967, Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association [Verified]
  1973, American Ex-POW Association - Assoc. Page
  1973, Veterans of the Vietnam War [Verified]


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

   
Other Comments:

Charles Gillespie graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1951. He was interned as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam after he was shot down on October 24, 1967, and was held until his release on March 14, 1973. He died in the crash of a Mitsubishi MU-2 on February 28, 1989.

Legion of Merit with Combat "V"

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain [then Commander] Charles Rodgers Gillespie, Jr. (NSN: 0-542951), United States Navy, was awarded the Legion of Merit with Combat "V" for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States while serving as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam.

Action Date: Vietnam War

Service: Navy

Rank: Captain

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)

   
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Command at Sea
Command Ashore

 
 Duty Stations
Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLAdvanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) (Faculty Staff)Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training Group (Faculty Staff)/FASOTRAGRUPAC (Faculty Staff)
Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)/Commander Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14)VF-151 Black KnightsUSS Constellation (CV-64)Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)/Commander Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15)
USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)CTF 77US Navy
Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)NAS Point Mugu, CA
  1953-1953, 139X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1953-1954, 139X, Advanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.
  1955-1955, 131X, Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training Group (Faculty Staff)
  1955-1955, 131X, Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training Group (Faculty Staff)/FASOTRAGRUPAC (Faculty Staff)
  1964-1965, 131X, Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)/Commander Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14)
  1964-1967, 131X, VF-151 Black Knights
  1965-1966, 131X, USS Constellation (CV-64)
  1966-1966, 131X, Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)/Commander Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15)
  1966-1967, 131X, USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)
  1966-1967, 131X, Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)
  1966-1967, 131X, CTF 77
  1967-1973, 131X, Joint POW.MIA Accounting Command
  1968-1973, 131X, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1982-1983, 131X, NAS Point Mugu, CA
  1982-1983, 131X, NAVAL WEAPONS SYSTEMS COMMAND (NAVWEPSYSCOM)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1964-1965 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1966-1966 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1967-1967 Operation Rolling Thunder/Operation Rolling Thunder V
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1947-1951, United States Naval Academy
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