Chris Falkel's Honor Bell Artifacts

Staff Sergeant Chris Falkel

Staff Sergeant Chris Falkel

Chris was born on September 24, 1982 in Boston, Massachusetts, living for a time in Ohio and moving to Littleton, Colorado in 1992. Chris graduated from ThunderRidge High School in 2001.

Falkel enlisted in the Army in fall of 2001. After basic training, he attended Airborne School at Fort Benning and went on to train in the areas of Special Operations and Special Forces. He was assigned to Operational Detachment, Alpha 316, Company A, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) as a weapons sergeant (18B), and was promoted to staff sergeant in 2004.

Chris was deployed twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was killed in action there on August 8, 2005. He was later buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Falkel's Special Forces Crest

Falkel's Special Forces Crest

Staff Sgt. Falkel’s family has donated his Combat Infantryman's Badge and Special Forces Crest. Both were included in the metal used to cast The Honor Bell.

Charles Adams, Jr.'s Honor Bell Artifact

Adams in uniform

Adams in uniform

Charles E. Adams Jr. was born in New Orleans, Lousiana on September 22, 1919. He joined the Army in 1942 and transferred to the Air Corps at Santa Ana, California. After Primary flight school and Twin Engine Advance, he graduated in the class of 43-G.  He flew P-38s at Muroc and at Lomita Flight Strip, both in California prior to a 21 day troop ship ride to North Africa. After a short stay in the Fighter Training Command at Constantine, Algeria, he was transferred to the 82nd Fighter Group, 95th Fighter Squadron at Foggia, Italy in January 1944.

During his tour he was temporarily assigned to the Royal Air Force Gunnery School at Ballah, Egypt flying Spitfires and Hurricanes. Upon return to Foggia he flew bomber escort, strafing, dive-bombing, and fighter sweeps to complete fifty missions. He was credited with aerial destruction of six enemy aircraft and joined the ranks of the fighter aces. His P-38, named the Judith Ann after his infant daughter that he had not yet seen, was hit by enemy fire during one battle, causing him to have to fly and land on one engine. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with 12 clusters. His group was awarded three Presidential Unit Citations.

Charles Adams' Pilot Wings

Charles Adams' Pilot Wings

Returning to the States, Adams toured with a Bond Drive group before serving as basic instrument and flight instructor at Minter Field, California. After discharge from the service in August 1945, he completed studies and graduated as a Petroleum Refining Engineer at the Colorado School of Mines in May 1948. He joined Chevron Corporation and after 35 years of service in Colorado, Louisiana, Australia, Canada and Texas, he and his wife Dorothy, retired to Perry Park, Colorado. 

Adams' family donated his World War II-era Pilot wings for inclusion into the Honor Bell.