Charles Earnest attended the University of Florida, studying pre-law for two semester prior to being enlisted by the draft. Originally being placed in the Army Specialized Training Program, after one semester Charles requested to join a combat unit.
He became a member of the 39th Signal Company, responsible for threading lines for military communication. In September 1944, Charles and his infantry landed at Utah beach, one of the five beaches in France’s Normandy region invaded during D-Day.
Fast forward several years, he now sits in his Village apartment, holding his French Legion of Honor Medal, given by the country to American troops who fought for his liberation during World War II. Though many of his war memories are something of the past, the details are effortless, as he recounts his experience overseas, his calling of becoming an educator and the moment he knew he had found his wife, Jeanne.
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Originally featured in SeniorTimes. Written by Michael Stone