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Friday, May 25, 2012

Friday's Photo: Honoring Those Who Served

Charles William Giddens 1911

Charlies William Giddens was born on December 2, 1892 in Crew, Virginia. He was my great-uncle, brother to my grandmother, Edith, and the son of Charles Allen Giddens and Mary Lucy Glynn. I met him shortly before he died. We called him Uncle Charlie. During WWI, he served in the Army and was wounded in France. During WWII, he wanted to rejoin the Army, but was to old. The Navy accepted him as a gunnery instructor. My mother remembers Charlie coming to visit her family in New York to tell her mother that he was selling his home and that he and his wife would move from New Jersey to Florida where he was stationed. He remained in Florida until his death on May 20, 1972. 

Charles Giddens at age 18 (left)

American Casualties in Fighting on the French Front
The Washington Post: Wednesday, December 4, 1918
Charles W. Giddens (left) during the 1940s
Charles W. Giddens 1940s


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