Sunday, May 12, 2013

CM2 Charles Agin, United States Navy

Charles Agin was born February 13, 1943 in West Monroe, LA.  He passed away April 23, 2013, at his home in Fort Rucker, Alabama.  Aged, 70.

Charles proudly served his country in the United States Navy from July 1966 to July, 1968.  He was assigned to a Seebee Battalion and served two tours in Vietnam.  He was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries suffered in Vietnam.

Charles worked for more than 30 years as a diesel mechanic, retiring in 1995.

Funeral services were held for Charles on April 26 at the Main Post Chapel, Fort Rucker, Alabama.  The Alabama Patriot Guard Riders, Wiregrass Area, were honored to escort Charles to the Chapel for the service.

After the service in Alabama, Charles' flag draped casket was driven to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen, Texas, where family and friends gathered on April 29 for interment services.

When the family arrived at the cemetery, they were welcomed by the Patriot Guard Riders, CENTEX Region, and fifty American flags, blowing briskly in the westerly Texas wind.

After the flag draped coffin was moved from the hearse to the committal shelter, the Riders formed a line of American flags along the front of the shelter during the service and military honors.

The gathered family and friends were addressed by First Sergeant Brown, standing next to the coffin, who spoke warmly of his years of friendship with Charles.  He met Charles when stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington.  He said that Charles lived life on his own terms, that he loved bass fishing.  He spoke of their hunting trips together.  He described Charles as an honest man, who always had a big smile on his face.

The congregants were led  in a closing prayer by United States Army Captain Burke.

Members of the United States Navy Honor Guard then afforded Charles military Honors.   Taps was played by the Navy Bugler, as all in attendance stood at attention, with military salutes or hands over hearts.

The American flag that had covered the coffin all the way from Alabama was carefully folded into a tight triangle.  A Navy Petty Officer presented the flag to Annette, the dearly beloved wife of Charles for over 18 years, on behalf of the President of the United States and the Chief of Naval Operations, as a symbol of appreciation for his service to this Country and the Navy.

CM2 Charles Agin, another Vietnam Veteran lost, was then laid to rest on the grassy plain of the cemetery, as the family looked on from the nearby roadway.  The American flag flew at half-staff on the hill above, in his honor.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, a daughter and a son, two step-sons, two grandsons, a granddaughter and numerous other dear family, friends and military buddies.

With thanks to Searcy Funeral Home for biographical information.

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