Basic School Class 2-65 New Orleans 2019 Reunion

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LtCol. Charles Black's Story

                        The Story of LtCol. Charles Black

            Charles Black served as the executive officer of The Basic School Class 2-65.  He passed away in May 2008.  Born on August 24, 1927 in San Angelo, Texas, he enlisted in the Marine Corps at age 17.  As a Marine he fought in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.  He was awarded the Bronze and Silver Star.

            On the Morning of September 4, 1967 the Marines of 2/5 were suddenly attacked by an NVA unit near Que Son in Quang Nam province. This 12 day battle would result in the death of 89 Marines and the destruction of the 1st NVA Regiment.  It was a fierce battle with supporting arms laying ordinance within 50 meters of the Marines lines.  The NVA crawled with 15 meters of the perimeter lobbing grenades and attempted to slip through the Marine defenders.  Major Charles Black was checking a sector of D Company when he discovered some of the NVA infiltrators.  Major Black killed several of them as he rallied nearby Marines to drive out the other NVA.  When the battle was over 61 NVA bodies were discovered.  Major Black was awarded the nation’s third highest award the Silver Star for his heroism.   

            After retiring from the Marine Corps, Charles Black worked for Nationwide insurance company as an agent and later went into management.  Chuck spent many enjoyable hours on the golf course and achieving two hole-in-ones!  He is survived by his of 50 years plus Martha Black of Dumfries, Virginia.



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