Charles Frederick Boss


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 Boss-Ann_ArborAirman Second Class Charles Frederick Boss was born on July 16, 1947 to Mr. and Mrs. John M. Boss of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Charles graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1965. He was very proud of a First Place Trophy he won at Milan Dragway for driving a 1959 VW to victory.

Airman Second Class Charles Frederick Boss entered the Air Force in August of 1965. He underwent basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Charles received specialist training as a fire proteection specialist at Kincheloe Air Force Base in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

Airman Second Class Charles Frederick Boss began his tour in Vietnam on December 15, 1966. He was stationed at the Da Nang Air Base in Da Nang, Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam with the 366th CE Squadron, 366th Combat Support Group, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing of the Seventh Air Force. Charles was killed during a rocket attack on July 15, 1967 along with seven others. One-hundred-seventy-three men were also wounded during the attack and forty-two aircraft were damaged.

Charles Boss is survived by his parents, a brother and two sisters. He lived 19 years, 11 months and 29 days. Charles is resting in Forest Hills Cemetery in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His name is located on the Vietnam Memorial located at the Ypsilanti Township Hall under Ann Arbor. His name is also listed on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC  on Panel 23E Line 073.

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Clinton M.  Rice
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To, A2C Charles Fredrick Boss, Most that visit you here do not know that you were a United States Air Force – Crash Rescue Fire Protection Specialist – “Firefighter” and you died in the line of duty with four of our brothers that faithful summer day at Da Nang Air Base, South Vietnam. You and A1C John S. Berg, A2C Charles Dwight Ward, A2C Charles Ray Humble and A1C Ronald Felton Poole showed the upmost duty to bravery while attempting fire suppression and rescue on an F-4 Fighter-Bomber when its 500 pound bomb exploded taking your lives. Firefighters do not get medals or recognition and rarely a thank you. Each of you deserved to be awarded a Congressional Medal of Honor for your actions that put you in harm’s way that 15th day of July in 1967. Thank you for your service and bravery, may God always bless your family and may they find closure and peace, in knowing you put the lives of others ahead of your own, may your memory forever live on. January 7, 2011 - Clinton Mitchell Rice United States Air Force – Crash Rescue Fire Protection Specialist 1961-1965.
Jan 7, 2011

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