Colonel Charles B. DeBellevue graduated the University of Southwestern Louisiana and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) program and entered Active Duty in 1968. In 1969 he attended Undergraduate Navigator Training at Mather US Air Force Base, California and completed F-4 aircraft training at Davis-Monthan US Air Force Base, Arizona.
On 10 May 1972 he and his pilot were flying missions in North Vietnam from Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand when they scored their first of four MIG-21 kills they would achieve. Later on 9 September 1972 he scored two MIG-19 kills with a different pilot giving him a total of six MIG kills.
He attended Undergraduate Pilot Training when he finished his combat tour. His combat service awards included the Air Force Cross, three Silver Stars, three Legions of Merit, six Distinguished Flying Crosses, 18 Air Medals and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Device. He retired from the Air Force on 1 February 1998 after 30 years of service.