Remember LTC Buehring, Charles H. 2003
LTC Charles Henry Buehring
Hometown: Winter Springs, FL
Place of Burial: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
Killed In Action: 26 OCT 2003 – Iraq War
LTC Buehring was a Special Forces qualified Psychological Operations commissioned officer (MOS 37A5S) assigned to U.S. Army Central Command as the Chief of Military Information Support, advising Lewis Paul Bremer III, head of the Coalition Provisional Authority. On 26 OCT 2003, an insurgent rocket launcher disguised as a two-wheeled power generator began attacking the Al-Rashid Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq. The target of the attack was Assistant Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, who was staying at the hotel on the 12th floor. As soon as the first salvo of rockets hit the hotel, Chad, who was gathered with his soldiers in his room on the 11th floor directly below Wolfowitz’s room, pulled his soldiers to safety in the hallway before running to his window to return fire to the enemy. LTC Buehring would be mortally wounded in the six rocket salvos that followed as he returned fire. LTC Buehring is one of the highest-ranking soldiers to be killed in action during the Iraq War.
LTC Buehring had previously commanded soldiers in the 10th Mountain Division, the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), the 96th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), and 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne), achieving the rare accomplishment of operationally being a part of all three Army Special Operations branches.
Chad was also active in scouting and an assistant scout leader in Troop 709 of the Cub/Boy Scouts of America. He was an alumni of both the Citadel and Troy State University.
He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medals.
Camp Buehring, Kuwait, is named in his honor.
Please keep his family in your thoughts and intentions.