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Patriot Guard Riders Centex Region | Ride Information | Completed CenTex Missions
Author CPT Charlie Lewellan, Army, Vietnam Vet, Bz Star/PH Rec, OF Temple, TX - Mon, 19 Jul 21

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Posted on 07/16/2021 21:32
CPT Charlie Lewellan, 82, US Army/Army Reserve, Vietnam Veteran, Bronze Star/Purple Heart Recipient, OF Temple, TX

The family of Captain Charlie Lewellan has requested the presence of the Patriot Guard Riders at the Committal Service of their Loved One.

Captain Charlie Lewellen served a total of forty two years and twenty days combined Reserve and Active duty in the United States Army. 2LT Charlie R Lewellen was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant, Infantry on 20 June 1964. Following his commission, he deployed to Vietnam where he served as a Rifle Platoon and Weapons Platoon Leader in the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry, and Intelligence Officer in Company A, 1st Aviation Battalion, 1st Infantry Division. Upon his return to the US, he served as Battalion S1, Company Commander, Battalion Executive Officer, S3 Air, Battalion Operations Officer and Brigade Staff Officer. He deployed for a second tour to Viet Nam with the 198th Light Infantry Brigade as S3 Air, Company Commander, Assistant S3 Task Force Barker, and Brigade S4. His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Armor Officer Advance Course, USAF Air Ground Operations Course, Command and General Staff College. Captain Lewellen’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Air Medal with 3 OLC, Army Commendation Medal, National Guard Achievement Medal, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm. He was also awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Army Valorous Unit Citation, Army Meritorious Unit Citation, Viet Nam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, and the Vietnam Civic Action Honor Medal Unit Citation. Charlie lived by the motto “Duty First!” He was employed by the Department of Defense at Fort Hood, Texas for twelve years and retired in 2015. He was also member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Society of the First Infantry Division, Officers of the Big Red One. His entire obituary may be found here:

Date: Mon, 19 Jul 21

Staging Time: 0905

Staging Location: The cul-de-sac between the Walk of Heroes and the Memorial Shelter at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, 11463 SH 195, Killeen, TX 76542 (

Setup & Briefing: Upon clearance and at the direction of the Ride Captain, we will move to the shelter, set up the flags, be briefed and await arrival of the procession.

WX: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1300. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. South southwest wind around 5 mph.


1. Be at staging ON TIME.

2. Hydrate well prior, bring water for yourself and a buddy and dress with consideration of the weather conditions.

Ride Captain: Ingrid "LilDragon" Ruble; 254.415.1146;

Please join us in honoring this Retired US Army Vietnam Veteran, Bronze Star and Purple Heart Recipient for his selfless service to our Great Nation.
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