Sunday, October 23, 2011

Army Capt. Shawn P.T. Charles

Remember Our Heroes

Army Capt. Shawn P.T. Charles, 40, of Hickory, N.C.

Capt. Charles was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; died Oct. 23, 2011 in San Antonio from a non-combat illness.

Capt Charles, born in Los Angeles, Calif., died of a terminal illness at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. He was diagnosed while deployed in Iraq. He had deployed there in August.

A 22 year decorated veteran of the Army and Army Reserves. He re-entered active duty servedservice in Januray 2009 and served as the S-1 and Battalion Adjutant.

Capt Charles received a bachelor's degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, as well as a master's degree in public administration from Appalachian State University in Boone.

"I'm proud to say I served with Capt. Shawn Charles in (2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment), where he was highly respected. We all loved Capt. Charles," said Maj. Charles Cowan. "We loved Capt. Charles for who he was, how he treated people and what he stood for. (He) illustrates the idea of living life as a positive example for others."

Capt Charles' awards and decorations include:
Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal (2)
Army Good Conduct Medal (2)
National Defense Service Medal (2)
Global War on Terorism Service Medal
Armed Forced Reserve Medal with Mobilization Device
Army Service Ribbon
Oversseas Service Ribbon

Capt Charles was laid to rest in Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery in Morganton.

Capt Charles is survived by his wife of nine years, Melissa; and their children, Zoe and Max

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