Death of Major General (USAF, Ret.) Charles (Chuck) Wilson
The AOMDA family mourns the death of Major General (USAF, Ret.) Charles (Chuck) Wilson on March 27 at 6:30 a.m. at the Edith Cavell hospital in Brussels, Belgium. General Wilson was born in Paris, Texas, June 15, 1924 and enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 19. A year later, in 1944, he was commissioned 2LT in the U.S. Army Air Corps. During WWII, General Wilson served as a C-46/C-47 pilot in the Pacific Theater. He was recalled to active duty in 1951 for the Korean conflict and eventually became a Command Pilot with over 5,000 hours. General Wilson further served in increasingly responsible positions, capitalizing particularly on his technical background, noting his Master of Science degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1963. From 1974 to 1978, General Wilson served at SHAPE as Chief, Spec Projects Office, Static War Headquarters. Upon his retirement in 1980, he came back to Europe and spent some time cruising the European rivers. In 1990, he bought an apartment in Brussels and established his own local firm, European Engineer Consultants and became involved in local retiree affairs. He raised money to repair U.S. monuments at the Normandy beaches, presided over the organizations and councils of U.S. military retirees in Europe to defend their privileges and benefits, and participated actively in the Memorial Day ceremonies to honor the 14,000 fallen in the three American cemeteries in Belgium. In his 90th year, he led other U.S. WWII veterans in Belgium to meet with Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell, Jr. Commanding U.S. Army Europe, in Wiesbaden, Germany. He is survived by his wife Andrée, sons Barry and Chuck and daughter Becky.