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Charles Frances DARNELL

Charles Frances DARNELL

Male 1916 - 2011  (94 years)

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  • Name Charles Frances DARNELL 
    Born 5 Aug 1916  Benton, Marshall, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 May 2011  San Angelo, Tom Green, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • In Memory of
      Charles Frances Darnell
      August 5, 1916 - May 15, 2011
      Obituary

      After a long and happy life, Charles F. "Buck" Darnell passed away on May 15, 2011. Buck was born August 5, 1916, in Benton, Kentucky?a place he considered to be one of the most wonderful spots in the world?second only to the golf course at The San Angelo Country Club.

      After attending Texas Tech University, he joined the Navy in 1939 and became a Midshipman and Line Officer?In his career as a Naval officer, he served for two years as Ensign of the destroyer, Ellet, in the Pacific?and was active in all the major battles of WWII including Guadalcanal, Coral Sea, Solomon Island, Midway and as escort for the Dolittle raid during its initial strike on Japan.

      After serving in the Pacific, he trained as a Naval aviator and was appointed the Commander of the Fleet Air Detachment Dutch Harbor. While there, he was in charge of relocating refugees from Germany to various places in the United States and other Atlantic countries?an assignment he considered very meaningful and rewarding?

      His long and illustrious career as a naval officer also included serving as Operations Officer during the Berlin Air Lift as well as executive officer at New York Naval Air Station, and the air stations in Olathe, Kansas and New Orleans, LA.

      Before retiring from the Navy in 1963, Buck's last tour of duty was as Commanding Officer of reserve Training Centers in San Angelo, Midland and Odessa as well as Goodfellow AFB Navy detachment.

      Buck is survived by his wife, Louise daughter, Cynthia Eckhardt, grandsons, Garrett Mayer, and Braden Mayer and granddaughter, Jaye Williams. His other close family members include Louise's daughters, Cynthia Clarke and Genevieve Hoelscher and son, Tom Clarke, as well as their children and grandchildren.

      He was eagerly looking forward to the birth of his first great grandchild in July?

      A Celebration of Life will be held at the San Angelo Country Club.

      Family and friends may sign the on line register book at www.johnsons-funeralhome.com

      The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Operation Finally Home in San Angelo. Contact 325-949-0190 or www.operationfinallyhomesanangelo.com
    Person ID I5515  Prichard - Thompson Genealogy
    Last Modified 21 Jan 2014 

    Family Dorothy Virginia BAKER,   b. 28 Nov 1916, Stamford, Jones, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 2007, Brownwood, Brown, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 4 May 1946  Jones Co., Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced 8 Apr 1982  Jones Co., Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2014 
    Family ID F1795  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Aug 1916 - Benton, Marshall, Kentucky, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 4 May 1946 - Jones Co., Texas, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDivorced - 8 Apr 1982 - Jones Co., Texas, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 May 2011 - San Angelo, Tom Green, Texas, United States Link to Google Earth
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