|Rathbun, Charles K. (806th)|
|People - Honorees|
Charles K. Rathbun
Biography: Charles "Chuck" Kendrick Rathbun was born on December 20, 1920 in East Troy, PA. He was the son of Kendrick and Ruby Kennedy Rathbun and was a graduate of Troy High School. After graduation he worked in the local foundry.
Service Time: Charles was inducted into the Army on October 2, 1943 at Wilkes Barre, PA and would go on to serve in the 806th Tank Destroyer Battalion. The unit shipped out on August 12, 1945 in preparations for the invasion of Japan. The 806th was stationed in the Philippines until returning to the U.S. on March 28, 1946. As identified by his discharge, he received the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal for his service. He had reached the rank of sergeant.
When he returned from overseas, he would serve an additional tour of duty as a military police officer. He later returned to Bradford County, PA and worked at the Troy Engine and Machine Co., but in the mid-1950's he moved to the Elmira, NY area and worked for the Westinghouse Company until his retirement in 1981.
Chuck would marry and have four sons, Gary, Charles, Dennis and Larry (Shown in the photo below, L to R: Charles, Larry, Gary and Dennis). In his spare time he enjoyed learning to fly and piloting small aircraft in and out of the Chemung Airport. He also enjoyed, square dancing, camping and traveling. He was also a member of the Elmira Heights American Legion.
In 1976, Chuck married the former Geraldine Morgan and they would be together for 26 years until his death on February 5, 2002. His obituary identifies that at the time of his death, he had 13 great-grandchildren and 21 step-great-grandchildren. He was buried at the Bradford County Memorial Park. I want to thank his son Larry for supplying the photos and information.
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