A1C Charles D. Land was killed in action 9 March 1967, when the EC-47 aircraft, tail number43-49201 call-sign TIDE 86, on which he was serving as an Airborne Morse Systems Operator, crashed in South Vietnam.
A1C Land was born in Madera, California, 28 March 1942 and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, Tacoma, Washington in 1960.
A1C Land enlisted in the U.S.Air Force on 1 November 1962. He completed basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas and Morse Code training at Keesler AFB, Mississippi. He was then assigned to the 6981st Security Group, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska. On 31 August 1966, A1C Land was reassigned to Det 1, 6994th Security Squadron, Nha Trang AB, Vietnam.
A1C Land’s awards and decorations include the Purple Heart (Posthumously), Air Medal (1st OLC), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal.
In 1975, Misawa Air Base dedicated the base ski lodge as the Charles Land Ski Lodge in his honor.
A1C Land’s name is engraved on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall on Panel 6E, line 46.