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Charles R. Kissel
Charles Kissel (circled), WWII


Recent Address: Lima, OH
Family Information: Parents: Charles and Lena; Wife: Pauleen; Children: Linda, Ann, Sue, Barbara and Jeannie
Hometown: Lima, OH
Date Entered Service: January 18, 1943
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Bomb Group: 40th
Squadron: 11th Photo Lab
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Pursuant to authority contained in AR 600-45, dated 22 September 1943, as amended, and classified letter, Headquarters Twentieth Air Force, dated 16 December 1944, subject: Delegation of Administrative Responsibilities", the Air Medal is hereby awarded to CORPORAL CHARLES R. KISSEL, 35 542 615, Air Corps, Army of the United States, XX Bomber Command, for outstanding and meritorious achievement as Aerial Photographer while participating in operational and combat flights over enemy territory, where enemy fire was probable and expected, during the period from 18 August 1944 through 17 January 1945. Corporal KISSEL accomplished his missions with distinction above and beyond that normally expected. Each of the flights in which he participated was over extremely rugged terrain where unfavorable weather made flying hazardous. Corporal KISSEL exhibited untiring energy and meticulous care while flying. Undaunted by the many hazards faced regularly and continuously, he performed his duties in such a manner as to reflect great credit upon himself, the XX Bomber Command and the Army Air Forces.

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Crew Type: Flight crew
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Were you a POW? No
Were you interned? No
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Charles was a carpenter by trade, a bit of an inventor and a jack-of-all-trades. He was a lifelong resident of Bath Township and was one of the founding members of the Bath Township Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as chief from 1967 to 1974.
Mr. Kissel passed away January 23, 2012. He is buried at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lima, OH.


Charles Kissel
Charles Kissel


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