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Another empty chair at the table...

Another soldier whose "Day" has shifted from "Veterans" to "Memorial." We have many readers at the Castle who simply read and choose not to drop from the rafters into the general population exercise yard that is the Great Hall.   Here's a note from one such reader who does occasionally bring us cakes in the visitor center: 

Hi, John. I have enjoyed your blog for quite some time. I don’t know if it would be an appropriate venue, so I leave it to your discretion – I am long separated from the military (Army) society (dependent, not active service), but wanted to find a way to share the passing of my father, COL. Charles Fountain on March 9, 2011 in Daytona Beach FL with the larger Army community. Dad enlisted in 1950, graduated OCS in 1953, and was an Infantry Officer, Senior Parachutist and Senior Aviator. He did 2 tours in Vietnam, the first in 1966/67 as CO, C-Company 228th ASHB (CH-47s). Dad retired from active duty in 1982 at Fort Monroe, VA, followed by 18 years as Facilities Director at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL.

We're always happy to honor a veteran here at Caslte Argghhh!  Meet Colonel(r) Charles Fountain, someone you  probably would like to have known as related by his obituary:

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Charles served as an enlisted man and officer in the US Army for over 32 years and as the Director of Facilities at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for 18 years, retiring in 2001. COL. Fountain was an Infantry Officer, Senior Parachutist and Senior Aviator, accumulating over 8,000 hours in multiple fixed and rotary wing aircraft. His awards include: Silver Star; Legion of Merit (2); Bronze Star (2); Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (2); Army Commendation Medal (2); Vietnam Service Medal w/3 Bronze Service Stars; Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry w/Bronze Star; Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry w/Palm. COL. Fountain moved over 38 times during his Army career, including tours in Iran – 1960, Germany – 1956 and 1965 and Vietnam 1966 and 1973. He retired from active military service in September, 1982 at Fort Monroe, VA.

Mr. Fountain accepted a position managing the business office at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in October, 1982, and soon transitioned to Director of Facilities. At ERAU, Mr. Fountain was recognized as "The Builder of Embry-Riddle's Vision" by then President Steven Sliwa, and in a first for an active university employee, had a conference room named in his honor in the Student Village Residence Complex.

COL. Fountain was a graduate of The Army Officer Candidate School, 1953; Army Infantry Officer Advanced Course, 1960; Command and General Staff College, 1965; United States Army War College, 1974; and The Army Logistics School, 1974. In addition to his military training, he received a B.S. in Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle, 1972; M.S. in Interpersonal Communications from Shippensburg State College, PA, 1974; M.S. in Logistical Management from Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL, 1975; and completed his classroom work towards a doctoral degree in education from The Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

More than anything else, Charles was a true Christian gentleman who poured his life into others, was committed to his God, his family and country.

Shadow! Whiskey! Take a break from chasing those tennis balls Dad is tossing for you and show the Colonel where he can find his buddies at Fiddler's Green!

Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance: In Memoriam of Colonel Charles Fountain,  Infantryman, Aviator, Husband and Father, and holder of the Silver Star.


Godspeed, Colonel. Thank you for your service to our Nation. God's peace be with his family and friends.

Keep your risers clear when you drop in on your loved ones from that altitude Col.
But you already know that I'm sure
God Bless, Sir.

Rest easy.
someday, I will find equivalents of "fair winds and following seas" for Army and AF.  For a paratrooper .... maybe something like 'light winds and a cool LZ"?