1st Sgt. Charles M. King


1st Sgt. Charles M. King was killed in action in Baghdad, Iraq, on October 14, 2006. 1SG King was closely asscoiated with the 761st Tank Battalion, having provided artwork commemorating the Battalion that was part of a Black History Month display at the Pentagon in 1998, and is now being exhibited at military museums at Fort Lewis near Tacoma, Washington, and at Fort Knox, Kentucky. 1SG King attended Association reunions and particpated in the Honor Guard. His obituary in the Cleveland Plain Dealer includes a link to a Guest Book where condolences may be posted, and where Association Historian Wayne Robinson said, "Charles was the latter-day spiritual embodiment of the 761st Association tankers we came to know and love." Several news articles have been written about 1SG King, including a touching remembrance in The New York Times on January 1, 2007 (that was written by is fiance, Dana Canedy, an editor there), and articles in the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Mobile, Alabama Press-Register, both on October 18, 2006. An artcile in The News-Enterprise, in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, reported that a movie will be made about 1st Sgt. King, with Denzel Washington in the leading role.