Lieutenant Colonel U.S. Army (Ret.) Charles Thomson Haskell, Jr., 77 resident of Columbus, Ga., passed away on Thursday, April 17, 2014.
LTC Haskell was born November 28, 1936 to the late Charles Thomson Haskell, Sr. and Marion Smith Haskell. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Jackson Coulter Haskell.
Survivors include his wife Diane Coulter Haskell; two sons, Charles Thomson Haskell III, his wife Laura, Glenn Embry Haskell, his wife Heather, and his daughter-in-law Melissa R. Haskell; one brother, Elnathan Haskell, his wife Angela; two nephews Mark Haskell, Paul Haskell and one niece Elisabeth Haskell; two brother-in-laws, Louie J. Coulter, Jr., and Gary L. Coulter and his wife Rheanell; eight grandchildren: Charles Thomson Haskell IV, Anthony Porter Haskell, Kelly Cordelia Sheppard, Avery Kennedy Haskell, Ashley Elizabeth Walker, Jackson Coulter Haskell, Jr., Langdon Cheves Haskell, and Dylan Rawlinson Haskell; five great-grandchildren; Cordelia Kay Sheppard, Allie Michelle Sheppard, Damian Sheppard, Alexander Cheves Haskell, and Breeleigh Rae Haskell.
LTC Haskell graduated from the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina after which he accepted a commission in the U.S. Army. LTC Haskell served honorably and with distinction in the U.S. Army for 26 years. During his career he served two tours in Vietnam from September 1965 to October 1966. He served with the 1st Calvary Division, Company D, 229th Aviation Battalion, Assault Helicopter, located in An Khe. He was highly decorated and received numerous commendations to include the Distinguished Flying Cross received June 24, 1966, Bronze Star with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster received during his 1st tour. The second received during his second tour. He also received the Air Medal with 29 Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 1 Silver Service Star, Army Service Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Badge with Palm Cluster, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Aviator Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, and 4 Overseas Service Bars. He served his second tour with 179th Aviation Group, 101st Airborne Division, Camp Eagle. After his second tour, he served as the U.S. Army’s Liaison Officer for Tacron 21, Little Creek Naval Base. He then went on to the Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, where he graduated with honors then remained as an instructor until 1976. His last tour prior to his retirement in 1984 was with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning.
Visitation for LTC Haskell will be from 12 noon until 1:30 pm on Monday, April 21, 2014 at Striffler-Hamby, 4071 Macon Road Columbus, Ga. Graveside services for LTC Haskell will be at 2:00 PM, Monday, April 21, 2014, at Parkhill Cemetery, according to Striffler-Hamby 4071 Macon Road Columbus, Ga.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to The National Infantry Museum, 1775 Legacy Way Suite 220 Columbus, Georgia 31903. Online condolences may be offered at www.shcolumbus.com.
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