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My Grandfather Charles F. Hauck passed away on July 16, 2005 at the age of 82. He was what you would call a cantankerous man who was fast to get angry and believed it was his way or the highway. He gave my father fits and could get the family stirred up, but deep down there was caring and a general love for his family.
This index page will be use for keeping track of stories, pictures, and history that I am currently trying to piece together on my grandfather. So much information was lost with the passing of my father that I feel it is important to try and preserve as much as I can. I would image that the majority of writings will be centered on his service in the Army Air Corps during World War II as that will probably be the easiest to trace, but anything I find will be recorded.
start with the Obituary that is transcribe below as a starting point:
Charles F. Hauck 82, of Indianapolis, passed away Saturday, July 16, 2005. He was an Army Aircorpe pilot in the South Pacific during WWII and a railroad conductor for Conrail for 42 years. A graveside service will be held Wednesday July 20, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Charles is survived by his wife Rosemary E.; son, Louis Hauck; brother, Richard Hauck; two grandchildren, Alex and Angela Hauck; and a great-grandson, Liam Hauck. Funeral services entrusted to Shirley Brothers Washington Memorial Chapel.
I am highly interested in researching this particular heirloom. Below is a picture of a map that my grandfather received while fighting in the South Pacific during WWII. Underneath the picture is a note that he wrote in 2000 on how he thought he came by the map. It was framed and hanging in my father's office with the note attached to the back.
April 8, 2000
After many sunrises and sunsets, if my memory serves me half assed, I think I obtained this map in Dulag City on the island of Leyte. I had a chance to go south of Tacloban one afternoon and I ran into a few Filipinos who had resisted the Japanese and one of them gave me this map. This was in the spring of 1945
Charles F. Hauck