Older, Charles, 1stLt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
7598-Basic Fixed-Wing Pilot
Last MOSGroup
Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
Primary Unit
1942-1953, 7598, US Army
Service Years
1939 - 1941
Officer Collar Insignia

First Lieutenant


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Home Town
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Last Address
Los Angeles

Date of Passing
Jun 17, 2006
Location of Interment
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WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

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Last Known Activity
Credited with 10 1/4 victories while with the Flying Tigers. Served a second tour in China with the 14th AAF, ending the war with a total of 18 aerial victories.

Chuck practiced law until becoming a superior court judge for Los Angeles. In the early '70s, Chuck gained notoriety and earned prominence when he presided over the Charles Manson murder trials. After retiring, Chuck Older remained in the Los Angeles area, active in professional and community organizations.
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Raised in the Los Angeles area, Charles Older graduated from Beverly Hills High School. He was student body president, active in several sports and is an Eagle Scout. He graduated from U.C.L.A., majoring in political science. Charles passed first in his class, U.S. Navy preliminary flight training in Long Beach and earned his Navy wings at Pensacola, NAS in April, 1940. Lt. Older served with Marine Fighting Squadron One and was qualified in gunnery, dive bombing and carrier landings.

Chuck Older resigned his commission with the Marines and joined the American Volunteer Group (AVG) in August, 1941 and sailed for Burma. After training in the P-40 and receiving briefings on air tactics by Col. Claire Chennault, Older participated in the 3rd Squadron's first combat on December 23, 1941 over Rangoon, Burma where he downed two enemy aircraft. He fought two days later in the Christmas Day air battle downing three more Japanese planes and becoming an ace. Before the Flying Tigers were officially disbanded on July 4, 1942, he would add 5.25 more victories to become a double ace with the AVG.

Upon returning to the U.S., Chuck Older joined the USAAF and went back to China in 1944 with the 23rd Fighter Group, 14th Air Force. He added to his AVG score with another 8 victories and led the first strike on Japanese forces at Shanghai. The mission comprised of 16 P-51s destroyed 72 Japanese aircraft with no U.S. losses.

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC), Pensacola, FLVMF-1MCAS Quantico, VA NAS Guantanamo, Cuba
American Volunteer Groups (AVG) Flying TigersUS Army
  1940-1940, 7599, Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC), Pensacola, FL
  1940-1941, 7598, VMF-1
  1940-1941, 7598, MCAS Quantico, VA
  1940-1941, 7598, NAS Guantanamo, Cuba
  1941-1942, 7598, American Volunteer Groups (AVG) Flying Tigers
  1942-1945, 7598, US Army
  1942-1953, 7598, US Army
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/American Theater6
  1941-1945 World War II
  1945-1945 Operation Beleaguer (China)
  1950-1953 Korean War1
 Colleges Attended
University of California, Los AngelesUniversity of Southern California
  1935-1939, University of California, Los Angeles
  1946-1948, University of Southern California
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