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Charles Costantino

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Charles V. Costantino Charles V. "Chuck" Costantino, air force LT., Colonel (Retired), 82, of Spring Hill, Fla., passed away Friday, February 4, 2011 at Oak Hill Hospital.Born in Bennington, Vt., son of Vincent D. and Mabel Bowen Costantino. He graduated from Bennington High School and the University of Vermont. In 1950, Chuck enlisted in the Air Force and began B29 gunnery training. In 1951 he was accepted for aviation training, graduated in 1952 and was assigned to Korea. He was assigned to a reconnaissance squadron, where he flew 100 combat missions in an RF-80 Shooting Star. For his actions in Korea he was awarded the Sliver Star, The Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal with two clusters. His next assignment overseas was at Spangdohlem Air Base, Germany, where he flew the RF-84 Thunderflash. He then went on to be ROTC instructor at the University of Mass. From there, Chuck was assigned to Tactical Air Reconnaissance Center at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina and then to the Pentagon where he was in the Southeast Air Operations Directorate. In 1969 Chuck was assigned to Don Muang Air Force Base in Thailand where he was Commander of the 631st Headquarters Squadron. He was selected to fill the position of deputy base commander at Don Muang. He was a life member of the Order of Daedalions and also a life member of the Elks Lodge #567 in Bennington. He was predeceased by his parents and brother John Costantino. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sadie, son and daughter in law Lawrence and Cherie Markey of Lexington, S.C., brother Francis Costantino and wife Madelyn Johnnie Costantino of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., four grandchildren, four great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. FUNERAL NOTICE: Services will take place at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. Donations in Chucks name can be made to the Michael J Fox Foundation Parkinson's Research, Attn: Tribute Gifts, Church St. Station, PO Box 780 New York, N.Y. 10008-0780 Arrangements by Merritt Funeral Home Spring Hill Chapel, Florida Memorials and condolences can be sent to: www.merrittfuneral.com Tribute: From Vince "Rest in Peace" Uncle Chuck, air Force fighter pilot in the Korean War. Recipient of the "Silver Star", the "Military's third highest award, "for gallantry in action against an enemy of The United States." Commander of his base during the Vietnam War and retired LT. Colonel. Your family, friends and your country owe you a debt of thanks and will miss you greatly. Thank you.

Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 12, 2011
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