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"Charles was born in Purvis Lamar, Mississippi. Charles graduated from high school and soon after enlisted in 1965 in Ft. Rucker, Alabama at the age of 20 years old. After serving basic training, he attended aviation school and became a pilot. He served in Germany for a time and then was deployed to Vietnam. In Vietnam he was a pilot; he flew Hughes and fixed wing aircraft. He would pick up wounded soldiers and medevac these soldiers out of Vietnam. Charles would fly them to safe areas to get treatment or to hospitals. He loved flying and more so loved his job in Vietnam. Charles was a true warrior, very patriotic and a very charismatic man. He was most kind and charitable. He also had a wonderful sense of humor. His laughter and his jokes were impressionable. He was also very witty when it came to discussing politics. He always had an answer or comment for all political issues. He was very passionate about his political views. He would say he was not going to heaven because he hated Obama and the Clintons. He loved serving his country and being in the military. He was a very smart and intelligent person. He knew how to cook, sew, mechanics, and fly airplanes. He had been a self - employed contractor at one time. He did not like to dance and did not care to learn but was most supportive of his wife's professional Spanish dancing. He served three tours in Vietnam before coming home. He arrived at Fort Bliss around 1980, and was a helicopter instructor at Fort Bliss. Charles met his soon to be wife, Consueto, nine years later in El Paso, Texas. Charles and Consuelo married in the Fort Bliss Chapel. Charles retired from the Military in Fort Bliss, Texas, loved his retirement and traveled all over the United States supporting his wife, Consuelo's dancing engagements. Charles suffered from the effects of Agent Orange and as a result suffered an extremely painful death in 2013. His death was attributed to the effects of Agent Orange. Despite not wanting to talk about his experiences in Vietnam, he was always happy to come home. Charles proudly served 24 years, and he would do it again; he said he would still fight for our country. Charles earned many awards that included the Army Aviator Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, RVN Campaign Medal, ATR Medal, 17 QWD Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the Bronze Star Medal.

After retiring from the Army, Charles resided in El Paso, Texas with his wife, Consuelo, before succumbing to the effects of Agent Orange in 2013. Charles is survived by his wife Consuelo Sullivan, Chaplain of the Military Officers Association of American who still resides in El Paso, Texas. He is also survived by his stepdaughter, Priscilla Wiekel, residing in Germany, his step-son Casey Neil Vanderpool, from Fayetteville, Arkansas, his stepdaughter, Cynthia Vanderpool Garcia from Silver Spring, Maryland, and his son David Sullivan who lives in Texas. Veteran Charles Sullivan's story as told by his wife, Consuelo Garcia Sullivan to Sally Fierro, faculty University of Phoenix."

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Far Eastside / Sun Ridge, (2010 - 2019), Meet El Pasoans

  • Vietnam
  • Charles Leo Sullivan

Charles was a friend and colleague. We were roommates in Vietnam while working with the 190th Assault Helicopter Company. I never made contact with him after Vietnam and regret this. He was a good friend and while we worked hard with the maintenance unite we also flew missions together. I was hoping to make contact with him again some day. My email is lloydcripe@gmail.com

If at all possible, I would like to make contact with Charles widow Consuelo. I am a past friend that served with him in Vietnam. My name is Lloyd Cripe and my email is lloydcripe@gmail.com I would appreciate you handing this on to her. Thanks

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