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Charles R. Brun
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VF-43 “Charlie Brun call sign "HAMMER" was the xo and co of Vf-43. I was his Aircraft Maintenance Officer. My tour with Charlie was one I will always...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: David Gracie - Virginia Beach, VA

“"Hammer" was my first boss as Maintenance Officer in VF-11 when I was new to the squadron aboard Forrestal in the Mediterranean Sea. He was a...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Chet Strait - Virginia Beach, VA

“Hammer served with energy, conveying his considerable tactical skills to those of us who "faced" him for training. Brought color to the Ripper...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: John (Hilby, "Goat") Hilburn - WA

“A fine man and a great friend. Sincere condolences to Penny and all his loved ones. He will be missed.Rick Kafka ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Rick Kafka - Phoenix, AZ


5 of 10 | Posted by: Chet Strait - Virginia Beach, VA

“"Boyington this is Riceball are you coming up to fight today." Charlie Brun, I'm going to miss you! We will meet again in the Tally Ho Tavern!...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: A friend

“To the Brun family:Condolences and prayers for you all. I enjoyed Charlie's lively spirit and admired his courage. I thank him for his dedication...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Margaret Rial - Stahlstown, PA

“My thoughts and prayers to you Jeff and your family!! Ann Nimmer ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Ann Nimmer - Clemson, SC

“Rip dear sir... I first met you through my daughter Mariah and you got to know us through her and tye love you had for her was simply amazing.. then...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Melissa Hartman - Ligonier, PA

“I'm some blessed to have taken care of this man for almost two years. Although he was a part of my life for such a short period of time he made an...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Mariah Berger - Ligonier, PA


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Charles was born on March 12, 1940 and passed away on Sunday, June 5, 2016.

Charles was a resident of Indian Head, Pennsylvania at the time of passing.

Capt. Brun served three tours of duty in Viet Nam, retiring from the United States Navy, Fighter Squadron 43, after twenty years of service. He attended the Aviation Officer Candidate Program and was commissioned in 1962. He was commissioned as a Naval Aviator in 1967. He was one of the first F-4 RIO's to convert from back seat to front seat in the Phantom. He served two cruises with the infamous "Red Rippers" aboard the US Forrestal. After completion at the Naval War College, he received orders as Operations Advisor to the Kuwait Air Force. Upon his return he was ordered to Fighter Wing ONE as Readiness Officer. He retired from the United States Navy in 1988 with the rank as Captain.

Charles was married to Penny M. Wingate Brun.

A service to celebrate Capt. Brun's life will be held Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 11:00AM at the Heritage United Methodist Church with his pastor, the Rev. John E. Flower, Jr. officiating.

Interment, with full military honors, will be in the Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made in Charles' memory to the Tailhook Education Foundation, 9696 Businesspark Ave. San Diego, CA 92131 or to the Arnold Palmer Cancer Pavilion.

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