Name: Charles Edward Hand
Place of Birth: Tyler, Texas
Personal History(School/Family):Tyler H.S, Graduate; 2 years at Tyler Junior College; married (Laverne, spouse); 3 wonderful daughters; 1 grandson, 4 granddaughters; 1 great-grandson). Tyler was a farming community with a lot of rose bushes production, and still is.
Place of Recruitment: Dallas, Texas
Branch of Service: US Army 2/10/1951- 5/7/1954 (Korean War)
Military Occupation Service(s): Construction Equipment Operator with Company A, 332nd Engineering Aviation Battalion attached to Wolters AFB Texas and the 366th Engineering Aviation Battalion
Class: Sergeant (T) 7/5/52
Service History,Stateside or Abroad(list dates): I was enlisted in the military in 1951. I was living in Tyler, Texas at the time. I joined because it was my duty to serve my country. I chose the U.S. Army because it was a better opportunity and service branch for me. My first days of service was getting processed in, getting all the equipments that I needed for basic training and meeting new recruits. I felt good going through basic training. I love my country and would do anything to defend and make it safe. So my spirit was high during during basic training at Wolters Air Force Base, Texas. I did not let anything get in the way of my training; not even my Drill Instructors who were tough. I made it through training and late 1951, was sent to Fort Wauchucca, Arizona for advanced training. I learned how to operate a bulldozer. I stayed at that base until the end of 1952. I was promoted to Staff Sergeant. But before I left, I marched as an honor guard in the Veterans Day Parade in Tucson, Arizona. I spent 1953 thru 1954 in the Korean War with 366 Engineering Aviation Battalion. I was responsible for building air strips for plane to refuel and pilot rest. I also used the Letourneau Bulldozer to help move away materials so an air strip can be built. I help put up huts for our military forces in Seoul, Korea. I was in the combat zone and there were many casualties ; but not in my unit. I guess I was one of the lucky ones who survive the war and did not become a prisoner of war. I was honorably discharged from the military in 1954. After my discharged I returned to Tyler, Texas. I love my country and I am proud to be an American and proud to have served my country. I have no bad feelings. I did not joined any veterans organizations after military service. However, I became more dedicated in serving my community. I give the military the credit of service and experiences on my life as I returned to civilian life. I got married to my wife on June 15, 1955, in Tyler, Texas. We have three wonderful daughters. I worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a Postal Clerk for 27 years. I retired in 1971.
Recommendations: Medal,Ribbons,Commendation,etc. Good Conduct Medal; Korean Service Medal w/2 Bronze Stars; Natinal Defense Service Medal
Present Location: Carrollton, Texas . I am a resident of the Atria, Carrollton.