USAF ROTORHEAD Members
Charles “Chuck” F. Hemphill
1970 – Det. 7, 38th ARRSq, HH-43
1971 – Det. 7, 40th ARRWg., HH-43
I served with Pedro at Da Nang and then at Bitburg/Spangdahlem until deactivation of the unit and Pedro in Germany. If I’m right we were the last Det. to close in Germany. I also belong to Air Rescue and the Pedro Associations. I was a firefighter for 26 of my 28 years in the Air Force. I spent 2 years in Recruiting Service.
I presently work for the housing maintenance contractor on Cannon AFB NM, so I get to see a lot of the AD people.
~ FINAL FLIGHT ~
Charles F. Hemphill, USAF (Retired)
March 21, 1945 – February 23, 2022
Charles F. Hemphill “Chuck,” 76, passed away February 23, 2022, in Clovis, New Mexico. A funeral service will be held Saturday March 5, 2022, 11:00 a.m. at the 1st Presbyterian Church, 101 Pile St, in Clovis, NM. Joseph Blaschke will be officiating. Cameron Ridenour, Alex Sim, Gavin Sim, Shawn Bogear Jr., and Ariel Hemphill will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Charles was born March 21, 1945, to the home of Charles and Maria Hemphill in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the youngest of 3 children. Charles served in the U.S. Air Force from June 28, 1963, till retiring on July 1, 1990. During this time, he was a firefighter at several Military bases. Charles was most proud of his work on HH-43 rescue helicopter better known as Pedro. He married Melanie January 27, 1990, in Clovis, New Mexico. After retiring from the U.S Air Force he worked various jobs including substituting at Clovis Municipal schools and Lawn irrigation systems on Cannon AFB. Charles enjoyed woodworking in his spare time He also volunteered for several service programs including case reviews for child protective services, a substitute for the Care Advisory council, and the State Advisory council.
Charles is survived by his wife; Melanie Hemphill of the home, Christine Sim of Clovis, NM, and son; Shawn Bogear, sister; Eleanor Henderson, Ariel Hemphill, Alex Sim, Shawn Bogear Jr., Gavin Sim, Olivia Bogear, Izzy Bogear, Kenzie Bogear, and Noel Welch-Lopez. He is proceeded in death by his parents: Charles and Maria Hemphill. Arrangements have been entrusted to Muffley Funeral Home in Clovis (575) 762-4435 www.muffleyfuneralhome.com.