Charles Henry Buehring, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, this week became the fourth Citadel graduate to die in connection with the war on terror in Iraq.
Buehring, who turned 40 on Oct. 6, was killed in the Sunday, Oct. 26, attack on the Al-Rasheed Hotel in Baghdad. Fifteen others were injured when rockets crashed into the hotel early Sunday morning.
Buehring was assigned to Army Central Command Headquarters, Fort McPherson, Ga.
"Chad was a pretty normal cadet," said longtime family friend Bill Nichols, Class of '73. "He will be sorely missed by his classmates and fellow serving officers."
Born in Orange, Texas, but from Casselberry, Fla., Buehring was a member of Mike Company while at The Citadel. He graduated in 1985 with a bachelor of arts in political science. He went on to get his master's in 1994 from Troy State University.
Buehring had been deployed in Iraq for the last nine months working with Psychological Operations for the land forces.
his graduation from The Citadel in August 1985, Buehring was commissioned
into the Army. His first assignment was as an infantry officer with the
10th Mountain Division in Ft. Drum, N.Y. From there he went to selection
Buehring attended the Air Force Command and General Staff College and was assigned to Fort McPherson in Atlanta. Before he started his new job, however, he was sent to Kuwait to support the Iraq invasion. He was Ranger qualified and held the triple canopy of Ranger, Special Forces and Airborne.
His awards include the Army Achievement Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.
wife, Alicia, whom he married in August 1987 in Summerall Chapel, and
his two sons, Andrew, 9, and Nick, 12, survive.