Carlson, Charles, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Signal Corps
Primary Unit
1919-1919, HQ Troops, Camp Lewis, WA
Service Years
1917 - 1919
Other Languages
Signal Corps
Private First Class

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Year of Birth
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This Remembrance Profile was originally created by CPT Sam Carlson (OCITA) - Deceased
Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Tip Top Hill
Vista, California
Date of Passing
Oct 01, 1960
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery (VA) - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section O, Site 2841

 Official Badges 

Wound Chevron (1917-1932) World War I Victory Button

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Post 365National Cemetery Administration (NCA)
  1935, American Legion, Post 365 (Member) (Vista, California) - Chap. Page
  1960, National Cemetery Administration (NCA)

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity:

From Surviving Records maintained by the National Personnel Records Center, St Louis, MO.  

PFC Carlson's official records were partially destroyed by the fire in St Louis on 12 July 1973.  The below is based upon information in the surviving records provided by the NPRC. 
Certificate of Military Service

This certifies that Charles August Carlson, 1 183 428, was a member of the United States Army from December 12, 1917 to February 18, 1919.  Service was terminated by Honorable Discharge.

PFC Charles A. Carlson  accepted enlistment at Havre, Montana. 

 He enlisted in the US Army Air Service, Signal Corps at Fort George Wright, Washington on 12 December 1917 for a "Period of the emergency unless sooner discharged". 

His enlistment assignment was the 23d Balloon Company, Air Service and was initially assigned the 2nd Training Brigade, Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas.

Upon completion of his training at Kelly Field, he was assigned to Camp MacArthur Waco, Texas with the 23d Balloon Company in March 1918.

On 1 May 1918, the 23rd Balloon Company was stationed at Post Field, Fort Sill, Oklahoma and started their training schedule which included Field Service Regulations,  Manual of Interior Guard Duty,  Infantry Drill Regulations, Telephones, Windlass, Balloons and Machine Guns.  Training was scheduled to be completed by 1 July 1918.  (Aerial Age Weekly Vol 15, Page 374, 26 June 1922)
Records indicated that his foreign service was from 21 October 1918 to 21 January 1919.  He departed France from the port of Brest in January 1919 and assigned to Camp Devens, MA.  From Camp Devens,he was transferred to Camp Lewis, Washington for the purpose of being processed for discharge.  He was discharged on 18 February 1919.

  DATE OF BIRTH: 10/17/1891
  DATE OF DEATH: 10/01/1960

Other Comments:

I remember him telling me that his duties in France were to man the machine gun which guarded the base device which held the observation balloon.  As I recall he said they landed in Brest and were stationed in the vicinity of Nancy.

I wish I had been more interested at the time to try to extract information from him.
SGM Charles R. Carlson (his son) 


 Ribbon Bar

AAF Observer Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1918, 1st Battalion, 95th Division (Training) (Fort Polk, LA)
 Unit Assignments
103rd Aero Squadron
  1917-1918, Army Garrison, Fort George Wright, WA
  1918-1918, 23rd Balloon Company
  1918-1918, Army Garrison, Fort Sill, OK
  1918-1919, 103rd Aero Squadron
  1919-1919, Camp Devens, Fitchburg, MA
  1919-1919, HQ Troops, Camp Lewis, WA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1918-1918 World War I
 Colleges Attended 
University of Montana, Missoula
  1915-1916, University of Montana, Missoula
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