Upstate Army Veteran dies from war injuries

The Anderson County Coroner's Office says Army veteran Charles Pannell was found dead inside his home Sunday. Photo: Anderson Independent Mail

Anderson, SC – The Anderson County Coroner’s Office says an Upstate Army veteran was found dead inside his home.

Coroner Greg Shore says Charles Pannell, 35, was found unresponsive by his wife at 3 am Sunday.

Paramedics were called, but then they had to call in the coroner.

Shore says Charlie died from injuries that he sustained during his time in Iraq.

The autopsy showed a partial bowel obstruction and aspiration of it in his lungs.

Shore says Pannell had just been discharged from Greenville Memorial after being prepped for a new prosthetic device for his left leg.

Upstate Warrior Solution tells us Pannell served in the Army for 12 years and was deployed to Iraq three times. During his last deployment, Panell suffered a grenade attack that eventually cost him his leg.

In 2013 he moved back to his hometown in Anderson to help serve others through Upstate Warrior Solution.

Pannell received the Bronze Star for his service there in September 2008.

Our coverage partners at the Anderson Independent Mail report the Anderson native was a graduate of T.L. Hanna High School.

Upstate Warrior Solution Director Charlie Hall released the following statement on the death of Pannell:

“Charlie Pannell served with distinction as an active duty soldier in the US Army and was injured in combat in Iraq.  Over the past two years, Charlie has served ourUpstate South Carolina warriors and their families first as a volunteer, and then on the UWS staff as an Outreach Specialist.  He used his own experiences and challenges to reach other veterans in his community in order to be a catalyst for their growth and development as members of this community. Charlie, his wife Bethany, and their three children have been and continue to be a special part of theUpstate Warrior Solution team.”


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