Charles V. Newton
Charles Newton, was born and reared in the small texas town of Canadian.
Seven months after he graduated from high school, he followed in the
footsteps of his three brothers, and enlisted in the U. S. Army. Charles
completed Basic Airborne School with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort
Bragg, North Carolina, and after a tour of duty in Germany, volunteered
for Special Forces and Vietnam.
In November, 1966, Charles joined the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam.
He attended the Reconnaissance School in Nha Trang, and was assigned to
Special Project Delta Detachment B-52.
During his second tour in Vietnam, Charles landed in the hospital at Long
Bihn on January 11, 1968. Following are exerpts from a letter Charles
wrote to his mom and dad:
Here I am again, flat on my back, however no real harm done . . . got one
of the million dollar wounds. Caught a bullet on top of the head Tuesday
a.m. and underwent surgery that afternoon. All are amazed that I'm here. I
told them, you still can't keep a good man down. Hold all my mail. I
should be state side in a couple of weeks.
Charles received a thirty-day convalescent leave, and arrived in his home
town. He sported a chest-full of medals, including the Bronze Star with
oak leaf cluster, air medal, and three Purple Hearts. He recovered from
his wounds, and in May of 1968, married a home town gal. Two months later,
he returned to Vietnam.
On March 22, 1969, Charles wrote a letter stating that he would be leaving
Nha Trang in one to two days for I Corps (Phu Bai), Northern South
Vietnam, and would be gone between thirty and ninety days. Each of his
letters, left the reader with a definite sense that Charles intended a
long career with the army.
Charles was a Recon Team Leader in Detachment B-52, referred to as
"Project Delta." His team included three Vietnamese and three U.S. Special
Force soldiers with a mission to conduct long-range reconnaissance into
enemy occupied areas. These missions normally lasted for a three to five
On April 14, 1969, his Team infiltrated Quang Nam Province in South
Vietnam, and on the 16th, encountered enemy contact, but continued the
mission. Shortly after noon on April 17th, the Team reported it was in
contact with the enemy and requested air support. The last radio
transmission heard from the team stated, "we're in a stream bed and hit
Recon Team six which included SSG Charles V Newton; SGT Charles F Prevedel;
SP-4 Douglas E Dahill; and three unidentified Vietnamese, became missing
On this 28 day operation, between 29 Mar 1969 and 25 April 1969, Project
Delta had suffered 5 KIA, 33 WIA, and 11 MIA, which included the loss of
Road Runner Team 101 and Recon Team number six.
On December 16, 1969, five months after Charles Newton was declared
missing in action, the U.S. Army promoted him to Sergeant First Class.