Welcome to Charlie Company

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Welcome to Charlie Company website.  This site is dedicated to the fine men that served with Charlie Company 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam from 1966 to 1972.

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The Story of the POW/MIA Flag

You see it everywhere—the stark, black-and-white POW/MIA flag—flying in front of VA hospitals, post offices and other federal, state and local government buildings, businesses and homes. It flaps on motorcycles, cars and pickup trucks. The flag has become an icon of American culture, a representation of the nation’s concern for military service personnel missing and unaccounted for in overseas wars.

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From the Revolution to the Korean War, thousands of U.S. soldiers, Marines, airmen and sailors have been taken prisoner or gone missing. But it took the Vietnam War—and a sense of abandonment felt by wives and family members of Americans held captive—to bring forth what has evolved into the nation’s POW/MIA symbol. Continue reading

Misconceptions About Filing VA Claims

Leaving the military is a life-changing transition, but don’t make it harder by not educating yourself on your benefits.

We’ve all heard senior leaders in the military chastise their younger troops for not planning ahead. Some of us have been those troops on the receiving end of theses reprimands. “Why did you buy that brand new pick-up truck from the used car lot right off post? Weren’t you thinking about your future?”

Short answer: No, I wasn’t. Long answer: I’ve always wanted the truck; I finally have a steady income, and I work a dangerous job. You only live once.

Look, it’s going to be nearly impossible to stop these kinds of things when troops put on the uniform, but what about when they are about to take off the uniform for good? Can we do better?

Over the past few years, Congress and the military have made a tremendous investment in transforming the way in which we prepare transitioning service members for civilian life. The new training is much more robust, and best (or worst) of all, it is mandatory, stomping out the ages-old “nobody told me” excuse. Continue reading

22nd Infantry Regimental Crest

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The regimental crest is very symbolic in nature.

  • The white represents the color of the old infantry, the past.
  • The blue represents the color of the new infantry, the present.
  • The embattled partition line, across the center, is for the five wars in which the regiment has taken part.
  • The crossed arrows represent the 5 Indian Campaigns the regiment participated in.
  • The “Sun in splendor” is the Old Katipunan Device from the Philippine Insurrection.
  • The shape of the crest is for the War with Spain, being the badge of the V Corps, to commemorate the 22nd Regiment being the first unit to land on Cuban soil in that war.

“Deeds not words”

  • The motto mirrors the Regimental history of doing what is right and getting the job done, regardless of the price. The Regiment has always been steadfast, loyal, and dependable. The official motto was approved in 1923, along with the Regimental Distinctive Unit Insignia.

Notable members

  • Ernest Hemingway was with the 22nd Infantry Regiment during World War II when the unit saw action from Paris through Belgium and into Germany.
  • Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr. (18 July 1886 – 18 June 1945) was an American Lieutenant General during World War II. He commanded the 22nd Infantry Regiment in 1938. He was killed during the closing days of theThe Battle of Okinawa by enemy artillery fire, making him the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to have been killed by enemy fire during World War II.

Thanks to Charlie Hooah