VeteranCharles Green

Charles "Norm" GreenCharles N. “Norm” Green, 79, of Vermont died at 5:15 p.m. June 2, 2015, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born Nov. 9, 1935, in Bernadotte, a son of Delno and Mary VanFossen Green. He married Nobuko Omine on March 16, 1970, in Okinawa, Japan. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Charles Robert (and Kristal) Green of Normal; one daughter, Kimberly Susan Green of Chicago; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth and Lloyd Green; and three sisters, Betty Harris, Melba Stambaugh and Doris Munson.

He was a career Army veteran. He graduated from VIT High School in 1953. Between stints in the Army, he worked as a furnace tender at Ken-Ray Foundry and for Caterpillar Tractor Company in Peoria as a material handler.

He held many occupations in his Army career. He was a clerk typist for the 11th Airborne Division, pay clerk for the 101st Airborne Division, legal clerk for the 2nd Airborne Battle Group, 187th Infantry, a stenographer for the 101st Airborne Division and 97th Civil Affairs Group 1st Special Forces Group, an administrative specialist, Division of Adjutant General’s Office for the 101st Airborne Division and the 97th Civil Affairs Group, 1st Special Forces Group, a personnel specialist, Division of the Adjutant General’s Office, 101st Airborne Division, an administrative supervisor for 97th Civil Affairs Group, Military Assistance Command, and the Office of the Chief of Staff, and an enlisted advisor, 90th U.S. Army reserve Command. He retired from the U.S. Army in the grade of Sergeant Major on June 1, 1983, after serving his country for over 25 years of active duty.

He was a Career Army veteran, serving from 1955 until his retirement on June 1, 1983, at Ft. Hood, Texas. His rank was Sergeant Major. He served from 1967-68 with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam and from 1971-72 with the Military Assistance Command in Vietnam. He served in Germany, Okinawa and Vietnam and was awarded the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Joint Service Commendation Medals, five Army Commendation Medals, eight Good Conduct Medals, the Vietnam Cross of Gallentry w/Palm, the Vietnam Civic Action Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Army Service Medal, the Overseas Medal, the NCO Development Medal, Parachutist Badge and the Republic of China Parachutist Badge.

Graveside services were held Saturday at the Vermont Cemetery. Military rites were provided by the Vermont American Legion. Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 6/10/2015

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