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Charles Norman Green

November 9th, 1935 – June 2nd, 2015

Charles N. "Norm" Green, age 79 of Vermont, IL, passed away at 5:15 pm Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL. He was born on November 9, 1935 in Bernadotte, IL, a son of Delno and Mary (VanFossen) Green. Norm married Nobuko Omine on March 16, 1969 in Okinawa, Japan. She survives.

Also surviving are his son, Charles Robert (and Kristal) Green of Normal, IL, his daughter, Kimberly Susan Green of Chicago, IL, and 3 grandchildren, Jaxson Green, Isabella Green, and Brock Dunn.

He was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Kenneth and Lloyd Green and 3 sisters, Betty Harris, Melba Stambaugh, and Doris Munson.

Norm was a career Army veteran. He graduated from VIT High School in 1953. Between stints in the Army, Norm worked as a Furnace Tender at Ken-Ray Foundry and for Caterpillar Tractor Company in Peoria as a Material Handler. He held many occupations in his Army career. He was a clerk Typist for the 11th Airborne Division, Pay Clerk for the 101st Airborne Division, Legal Clerk for the 2nd Airborne Battle Group, 187th Infantry, a Stenographer for the 101st Airborne Division and 97th Civil Affairs Group 1st Special Forces Group, an Administrative Specialist, Division of Adjutant General’s Office for the 101st Airborne Division and the 97th Civil Affairs Group, 1st Special Forces Group, a Personnel Specialist, Division of the Adjutant General’s Office, 101st Airborne Division, an Administrative Supervisor for 97th Civil Affairs Group, Military Assistance Command, and the Office of the Chief of Staff, and an Enlisted Advisor, 90th US Army reserve Command.
Norm retired from the US Army in the grade of Sergeant Major on June 1, 1983 after serving his country for over 25 years of active duty

Norm served from 1967 to 1968 with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam and from 1971 to 1972 with the Military Assistance Command in Vietnam. He served in Germany, Okinawa, and Vietnam and was awarded the Legion of Merit, 2 Bronze Star Medals, 2 Meritorious Service Medals, 2 Joint Service Commendation Medals, 5 Army Commendation Medals, 8 Good Conduct Medals, the Vietnam Cross of Gallentry w/Palm, the Vietnam Civic Action Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Army Service Medal, the Overseas Medal, the NCO Development Medal, Parachutist Badge, and the Republic of China Parachutist Badge.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Graveside military rites conducted by the Vermont American Legion will be held on Saturday, June 6th at 11:30 am in the Vermont Cemetery. Visitation will take place from 10:00-11:00 am on Saturday at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria, IL. Memorials may be made to the Donor's choice.


July 21st, 2015

Nobuko, my heart goes out to you and your family for your loss. Please accept our most heartfelt condolences - Wendy & Ken Wilber

March 17th, 2019

I think Mr. Charle Green was company clerk during my time with 97th Civil Affairs Group, 1st SFG. I was a new clerk typist. We lived in the Barracks in Fort Buckner and could look out the window and see Marine Corp training field with large rope ladders for climbing into beach landing craft. Charlie Green helped me learn my duties for keeping records and typing orders and request for supplies. He actually showed me how to lay the foundation and pour cement for steps leading into the metal dome shapped hut/aka office space. We had to drive from Fort Buckner to Kadeena and Sansue every day.