Left to right Charley Crowe, Deacon Brown, Don Arndt
Charley died shortly after this photo was taken
Charles Crowe was from Finger Tennessee.
KIA in Boi Loi Woods during a search and destroy sweep.
Charles was Don Arndt's best friend. They had served 5 months in Hawaii together and had been 7 months together in Vietnam when Charles died.
He was a fine soldier.
Charlie was born and raised in the mountains near Finger, Tennessee. There, his family farmed crops and raised livestock. The Crowes worked hard and loved deeply. Charlie would later reminisce on his early years - longing for his loved ones, his home, and the simple days of fishing and hunting squirrel.
Uncle Sam drafted Charlie in November 1964, and he was soon at Fort Leonard Wood for Basic Training. He was later assigned to the 25th Infantry Division based at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. From Hawaii, Charlie traveled via troop ship to Vũng Tàu, arriving in Vietnam in January 1966 where he would serve as a wireman with the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army - the regiment known as The Wolfhounds.
Charlie Crowe perished on July 16, 1966 as a result of an injury sustained in the Boi Loi Woods, Hậu Nghĩa Province, Vietnam. In Charlie’s 23 years on earth, he made an imprint on countless hearts. These loved ones have continued to tell Charlie’s story, and although 54 years have gone by, the memories of Charlie have not faded. His life continues on through these memories, and his name continues to be spoken – even among the generations born long after his loss. Only a genuinely good man could leave such an impactful wake behind him.
Charlie’s name can be found on The Wall at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D. C. (Panel 9E, Line 27). His name can also be seen at Lt. Charles Garrison Veterans’ Memorial in granite brick (section A, line 4), and on a granite bench beside the names of just a few of his fellow Wolfhounds – SP4 Roy Blewett (KIA), SGT Howard “Gator” Barker (KIA), SP4 Larry “Deacon” Brown, SP4 Otto “Lenny” Leonard, and SP4 Donald D Arndt.
Charles Douglas Crowe, Forever a Wolfhound
Nec aspera terrent - No Fear on Earth
About the Wolfhounds....Campaigns
Philippine Insurrection: Mindanao
World War I: Siberia 1918; Siberia 1919
World War II: Central Pacific; Guadalcanal; Northern Solomons (with arrowhead); Luzon
Korean War: UN Defensive; UN Offensive; CCF Intervention; First UN Counteroffensive; CCF Spring Offensive; UN Summer-Fall Offensive; Second Korean Winter; Korea, Summer-Fall 1952; Third Korean Winter; Korea, Summer 1953
VIETNAM Counteroffensive; Counteroffensive, Phase II; Counteroffensive, Phase III; Tet Counteroffensive; Counteroffensive, Phase IV; Counteroffensive, Phase V; Counteroffensive, Phase VI; Tet 69/Counteroffensive; Summer-Fall 1969; Winter-Spring 1970; Sanctuary Counteroffensive; Counteroffensive, Phase VII
Armed Forces Expeditions: Panama
The 27th Infantry Regiment was established by act of Congress on 2 February 1901 and saw its first combat action while serving as part of the American Force sent to quell the Philippine Insurrection on the island of Mindanao.
During the Russian Civil War, the 27th Infantry served in the American Expeditionary Force sent to Siberia in 1918. This campaign has become an integral part of unit's history. The tenacious pursuit tactics of the regiment won the respect of the Bolsheviks, who gave them the name "Wolfhounds". This emblem continues to serve as the symbol of the 27th Infantry Regiment.