The history of Chapter 4-24 is deeply intertwined with the people who have served in Special Forces, along with the regions in which they lived, trained, fought, and sometimes died.
Our Chapter is dedicated in memory of two outstanding soldiers, Charles "Snake" Hosking and Alexander "Al" Fontes.
Charles E. Hosking
Congressional Medal of HonorSpecial Forces Associaton Chapter 4 Charles Hosking Jr
Master Sergeant Charles Ernest Hosking, Jr.
21 March 1967
U.S. Army
Company A
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
1st Special Forces.
Phuoc Long Province, Republic of Vietnam, .
Entered service at: Fort Dix, N.J.
Born: 12 May 1924, Ramsey, N.J.
MASTER SERGEANT CHARLES E. HOSKING, JR., UNITED STATES ARMY, Detachment A-302, Company A, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, then sergeant first class, distinguished himself on 21 March 1967, as a company advisor in the Civilian Irregular Defense Group Reaction Battalion during combat operations in Phuoc Long Province, Republic of Vietnam. A Viet Cong suspect was apprehended and subsequently identified as a Viet Cong sniper. While Sergeant Hosking was preparing the prisoner for movement back to the base camp, he suddenly grabbed a grenade from Sergeant Hosking’s belt, armed the grenade and started running toward the command group. With utter disregard for his own personal safety, Sergeant Hosking grasped the Viet Cong in a “bear hug,” forced the grenade against the enemy’s chest, and wrestled the prisoner to the ground. Covering the sniper’s body with his own until the grenade detonated, Sergeant Hosking was killed. By absorbing the force of the exploding grenade with his body and that of the enemy, he saved the other members of his command from death or serious injury.
Alexander "Al" Fontes (18 June 1931 to 13 February 1998)
Al, a native of Los Angeles, California, began his military career in February, 1948. Al attended jump school while serving with the 11th Airborne Division in the Japan Occupation Forces, and later severed in the Korean War. He also served with the 11th Airborne Division in Germany, and the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In early 1961, Al attended the language school in Monterey, California, where he studied Mandarin Chinese in preparation for SF operations in Southeast Asia. From 1961 to 1970, Al completed several tours in the Republic of Vietnam. After Vietnam, Al was assigned to the JFKSWCS, at Fort Bragg. Al's last active duty assignment brought him and his family to Fort Carson, Colorado, where his assignments included CSM of the Recondo School. Al retired with honors at Fort Carson in August 1974. He was actively involved with the SFA, SOA, and VFW. In 1997, in recognition for his status as the founding member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter 24 and his efforts in keeping the chapter viable during lean years, the chapter was renamed the Alexander "Al" Fontes, Rocky Mountain Chapter 24.
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