Army Badge
  • Name: Charles Herbert Point
  • Location of Birth: Trout Lake Township, Itasca County, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: January 29, 1914
  • Date of Death: February 24, 1971 (57 years old)
  • Parents: Helmer Point and Hilma (Lassila) Point
  • High School and Class: 1933 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College: 1935 Itasca Junior College, Coleraine, Minnesota
    Greeley, Colorado
  • Highest Rank: S SGT
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: March 22, 1943
  • Place Sworn In: Los Angeles, California
  • Date of Discharge: March 31, 1946
  • Place of Discharge: San Diego, California
  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    MED DET 1254 Combat Engineers Battalion
  • Military Awards:

  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Charles Herbert Point
    Race: White
    Age: 26
    Birth Date: January 29, 1914
    Birth Place: Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Taconite, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: October 16, 1940
    Employer: Balkan Mining Co., Bovey, Itasca, Minnesota
    Weight: 170
    Height: 6-2
    Complexion: Light brown
    Eye Color: Blue
    Hair Color: Brown
    Next of Kin: Mrs. Helmer Point, mother, Taconite, Itasca, Minnesota

    World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946:
    Name: Charles H. Point
    Race: White
    Marital status: Married
    Rank: Private
    Birth Year: 1914
    Nativity State or Country: Minnesota
    Citizenship: Citizen
    Residence: San Diego, California or Panama Canal
    Education: Post Graduate
    Civil Occupation: Shipping and receiving clerks
    Enlistment Date: March 22, 1943
    Enlistment Place: Los Angeles, California
    Branch: No branch assignment
    Component: Selectees (Enlisted Man)
    Course: Civil Life
    Height: 28
    Weight: 122

    Newspaper article: 1945 –
    "S/Sgt. Charles Point writes from Liege, Belgium. 'Dear Folks: I suppose you often wonder, as I do, just when will this outfit sit still long enough to do anything. Really I don’t think the Army has anything for us to do. As long as we are kept moving here and there we will be too busy to kick. Reason enough, I suppose. Now that the war with Japan is over, everyone can relax and take easier breaths. How does it feel; pretty good, I imagine. This city of Liege is large, busy as well. More people than money but they still keep on trying to get the last franc possible out of a GI’s pocket. A cup of coffee downtown cost 20 francs which is equal to about 45¢. Back home, I can buy a whole pound of good coffee and proceed in making myself a hundred cups. One thing the American soldiers can ride the streetcars and buses for nothing. Also go to the theatres free. We have a pretty good set up. Live in a bombed hospital. Most of the hospital isn’t fit to live in but this one section we have is all right. The people say that a V-bomb hit this place. Very possible, for the extent of damage done. It never will be a hospital again, I’m afraid. This part of Belgium is about the wettest place I’ve been in. Rains oftener than in Oregon. Haven’t seen much sun in the last 3 weeks. Do you wonder when I’ll be back home? So do I. It will be a long time if I must wait until I have 85 points; 43 points is all I have up through May 8th, when Germany gave up. Got 2 little battle stars worth five points apiece. Just haven’t been overseas long enough to accumulate lots of points. Still I feel as though I’ll be back in the states before very long. Really wouldn’t enjoy life over here doing much of nothing. The job situation doesn’t seem to be shaping up so well at the present time. Everything seems a bit off color now. Hope things get settled in the states before very long. Much love to all, Charles.' ”

    Charles served with the California Medical Detachment, 1254 Engineers Battalion. He was head of this medical detachment.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Charles formerly lived in Taconite, Minnesota.

    Charles married Irene Frances Gordon on February 17, 1942 in Los Angeles, California.

    After his schooling in Greeley, Colorado, Charles went into the military service.

    After military service, he went into teaching where he eventually accepted a position at the American High School in Augsburg, Germany where he became assistant principal. Charles was a teacher and an artist. At the time of his death, he was working as a civilian with the United States Army.

    Survivors are his wife, Irene; two daughters, Mrs. Pamela Sundheim and Priscilla Point; a brother, Uno; and three sisters, Mrs. William Lillquist, Mrs. John Lane, and Mrs. Donald Neils.

    Charles died in Augsburg, Germany of a heart attack. He is buried in Lakeview Cemetery at Coleraine, Minnesota. (Block 121)

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