CUDLIKE, CHARLES JOSEPH Name: Charles Joseph Cudlike Rank/Branch: E4/US Army Unit: Company B, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry (Airmobile), 101st Airborne Division Date of Birth: 16 August 1948 Home City of Record: Detroit MI Date of Loss: 18 May 1969 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 161431N 1071039E (YC312992) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 3 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: UH1H Refno: 1445 Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing) Source: Compiled from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK in 1998. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: On May 18, 1969, SP4 Charles J. Cudlike and his unit were engaged in battle in Thua Tien Province, South Vietnam. During the fighting, Cudlike was injured, and was being medically evacuated from the battle area by helicopter. The injured teammebers were boarding the helicopter when it had to leave quickly because of a heavy volume of enemy fire. At this time, Cudlike had been unable to completely board the aircraft, and was hanging on one of the skids of the helicopter and the door gunner aboard the helicopter was trying to pull him into the ship. Due to his own wounds, the gunner was unable to pull him in. When the pilot of the helicopter became aware of the situation he started looking for a place to land, but before he could do so, Cudlike fell from the aircraft at an altitude of 500 feet into the jungle. Comprehensive searches were conducted by air with no success. Cudlike was declared Killed in Action, and his body was never recovered. War is hell. Men are killed by other men whom they call their enemy. But men are also killed by "misadventure" - by senseless drowning, falls, and by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. At 21, Charles Cudlike had just begun to live. Because no trace of Cudlike's remains were found, his name is maintained among those who are missing and captured in Southeast Asia. Experts believe that hundreds of these Americans are still alive, captive, and want to come home. One can imagine that Cudlike would gladly serve on one more patrol to help bring them home.