Sgt Charels Edward Hebron, Silver Star, KIA, TET 1968, Tan Son Nhut Air Base, 377th SPS.


Tet 1968

O51 Bunker

CHARLES EDWARD HEBRON
Silver Star
Casualty was on Jan 31, 1968
377th Combat SPS,
Tan Son Nhut Air Base

by David Summerfield (RIP) (SMSgt, Ret), LM 186
© 2006

Sgt Charels Edward Hebron, Silver Star, KIA, TET 1968, Tan Son Nhut Air Base, 377th SPS

CHARLES EDWARD HEBRON

SGT - E4 - Air Force - Regular
22 year old Married, Caucasian, Male
Born on Sep 18, 1945
From BRYAN, TEXAS
Length of service 3 years.
His tour of duty began on Mar 21, 1967
Casualty was on Jan 31, 1968
Tan Son Nhut Air Base
377th SPS

in GIA DINH, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
ARTILLERY, ROCKET, or MORTAR
Body was recovered
Religion
ROMAN CATHOLIC
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Tet 1968: Every VSPA member knows of the valor and heroics of the 377th SPS while defending Tan Son Nhut Air Base at the infamous O51 Bunker. David Summerfield (RIP), SMSgt, Ret., VSPA Life Member 186, submitted the following:

I saw somewhere that you were looking for pictures of SPs who lost their life in combat or Line of Duty in RVN. This is a picture of Charles Hebron who was assigned to me when I was NCOIC of the 377th SPS detachment at Vung Tau. This is shortly before he went on R&R in Hawaii, to be with his wife. He came back on 31 Jan 1968, and was killed that night in the 051 bunker on the night of 31 Jan 68. I really liked this kid and still think about him often.

Regards,
Dave Summerfield, SMSgt USAF, ret LM # 186

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Binh Thuy Air Base. KIA Memorial Dedication. MSgt Summerfield, 1968: 01

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Binh Thuy Air Base. KIA Memorial Dedication, Honor Guard. MSgt Summerfield, 1968: 03

For those who are not familiar with the Tet battle, a few photos are included below. The period of the TET OFFENSIVE is recorded as being from January 31 to March 31, 1968.

Tan Son Nhut Air Base: The NVA/VC attacked with four infantry battalions and a sapper battalion, their losses being 962 killed and 9 prisoners taken. The US losses were 19 US Army killed, 75 wounded, USAF losses 4 killed, 11 wounded, ARVN losses were 32 killed and 79 wounded. damage inflicted was 13 aircraft damaged.


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VSPA member Frank Ybarbo returned to Saigon in December 1998 and photographed O51 Bunker:

TSN O51 Bunker, Fence line
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TSN O51 Bunker, Close Up, 1998
O51 Bunker, above, viewed from almost the same angle
as the day the bunker was recaptured, but 30 years later.
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TSN O51 Bunker, Fence line, 1968
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The Wall rubbing for Charles Hebron.
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Sgt Charels Edward Hebron, Silver Star, KIA, TET 1968, Tan Son Nhut Air Base, 377th SPS.
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