A Dog Lover's Final Wish

Editor’s note: Please read, and by all means, please share.

Hi Life With Dogs,

Hope this note finds you well.

I have a very personal – and urgent – request: Our family member, Pets for Patriots volunteer and WWII veteran is terminally ill and just went into hospice. We don’t know how much time he has left with us, but he’s gravely ill and it could be any time.

Charles starred in our first ever video and has only wanted for as many people as possible to view it so that they can learn about our mission and work. To date we have a little under 8.000 views, but really want to swing for the fences and get 100k+ over the next day or so. In spite of his condition, Charles’ face lights up whenever I tell him the “count” for the day; we’ve been trying to promote the video on social media over the last week or so as his condition has deteriorated rapidly.

Time is of the essence. It would be a wonderful tribute to this former B17 belly gunner – who risked his life in 33 missions over Germany – to know that he has touched so many people and, in so doing, helped our charity that he loves with all his heart.

It would mean a great deal to Charles, to me and to our organization if you would feature his video prominently and help us spread the word. Thank you for considering my request.

Best,
Beth

Beth Zimmerman, Founder + Executive Director
PETS FOR PATRIOTS, Inc.




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    July 12, 2012 10:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Christina

    This was a truly inspiring video. Will donate immediately! Well wishes to Charles.

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      July 14, 2012 11:11 amPosted 2 years ago
      Mary

      Thank you for my country and Thank you for the dogs

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    July 12, 2012 10:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
    christy

    this really touched my heart <3 this charity is really amazing and i hope that they get the 100k+ views they deserve!

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    July 12, 2012 10:20 pmPosted 2 years ago
    jeanie jackson

    great video hope you get 100k views.Charles you are a great man!!!!God Bless you.

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    July 12, 2012 10:27 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Eva

    I agree this is a very moving video. A very noble cause. I support it from Canada. Should be a world wide endeavor.

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    July 12, 2012 10:52 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Shared on FB and Pinterest. Everyone on pinterest please pin also. Charles, Bless you and thank you for all you’ve done for us as a veteran and as an animal lover.

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    July 12, 2012 10:53 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Terrie

    I watched gave and shared and will pray!!

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    July 12, 2012 11:21 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jenny Cronk

    God Bless YOU Charles!!!! <3

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    July 12, 2012 11:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Shirley

    God Bless you Charles, thank you for serving our great nation and joining forces for our pets in need also. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and all paws are crossed too.

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    July 13, 2012 12:00 amPosted 2 years ago
    Laurie

    Please tell Charlie his wish was granted. So, so many people have shared and viewed this video and received his message. I hope that put a huge smile on his face. God Bless you Charlie for all you have done for us all!! I’ll be praying for you! You’ve earned your wings for sure!

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    July 13, 2012 12:30 amPosted 2 years ago
    Wm.Klevos

    Thank you,Charles, for your inspiration and service. As a devoted canine owner, I appreciate your sensitivity and compassion for our four-legged companions who add a special dimension to our lives.
    For you I focus an abundance of positive healing energy which will embrace you with peace.
    Will

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    July 13, 2012 4:00 amPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Thank you Sir for your service not only to
    your Country but to our Beloved pets we call our best friends. Godspeed we will carry on where you left off!

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    July 13, 2012 5:09 amPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Charles, you are an inspiration and a hero! Thank you and God bless you!

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  • July 13, 2012 7:07 amPosted 2 years ago
    Joke Puppy

    Thanks so much for your service, Charles,,,and thank you for your caring attitude for fellow veterans and homeless dogs. It was an honor to view your video !

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    July 13, 2012 9:35 amPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Watched and sharing with friends. Sheryn

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    July 13, 2012 10:13 amPosted 2 years ago
    Su.z.Que

    What a great cause, and what an awesome video. Thank you for making it. And thank you for your service for our country. God Bless.

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    July 13, 2012 11:49 amPosted 2 years ago
    Major Tunison

    I’ll be your wingman Charlie. See you over the channel on the way back to
    the field when the mission is over.

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    July 13, 2012 2:20 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    thank u so much for sharing this wonderful piece and please thank Charles for all his service in the military and out…..He seemed to be a very loving and honorable man…May GOD see him safely home when on the wings of our angels at his hour of need. Prayers for his health and for his service dog whom I truely believe is missing and waiting for his companion <3

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    July 13, 2012 3:56 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Randi

    Thank you Sir for your service to our country and also for you love and support for others – whether they have four legs or two! This is a great program and I appreciate your bringing it to my attention. I have shared it and hope that others will also find it inspiring.

    Will be heading to donate right now and I wish you peace and love and a safe trip home on your guardian angel’s wings when the time comes.

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    July 13, 2012 3:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
    judy

    bless his heart. when i seen charles viedo it made me cry. i would be honered to pass this on.

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    July 13, 2012 4:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Rhonda Fleming

    God bless you Charles, and thank you for being a true hero! My generation has failed our military men and women, and I want to apologize for so many being so cold hearted and uncaring! My father was a vet, and I was raised to have respect for our military folks, and ALWAYS make it a point to shake their hand and say thank you! You can always tell who they are, an old tattoo, a veterans ball cap, the way they stand so tall, their humbleness. My heart is breaking to know you are dieing, but as a Christian know you are leaving this realm to join Christ and all those before us who fought the ultimate war, LIFE! I also agree that pets are therapeutic, and have such a special spot in our lives! I hope your legacy will touch many lives, to help other vets and pets, and to educate us all to open our hearts to those who are lonely, and in need of friends! God bless you Charles, I hope to meet you in Heaven, with our beloved pets!

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  • July 13, 2012 5:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Scout and Freyja

    Watched, shared on fb and Pinterest, left comment on YouTube. Let’s get those numbers up there! Posted the video on my blog, too☺.

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    July 13, 2012 5:17 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Paula

    CHARLES, YOU ARE A HERO!!

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    July 13, 2012 5:20 pmPosted 2 years ago
    S Keyes

    What a wonderful charity. Am giving this weekend. God bless you, Charles. Thank you for your service. May God see you safely home.

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    July 13, 2012 5:50 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Elizabeth

    God bless you for your continued service.

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    July 13, 2012 7:43 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Judah

    Wonderful tribute to a wonderful cause. Everyone needs a best friend, none more than soldiers returning from combat duty. Charles is thinking of helping others even as he is drifting away. Thank you.

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    July 13, 2012 8:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kelly

    Charles, thank you for your service to our country and for your warm heart. I think this is a selfless wish. You are a hero in many ways. God Bless you and peace through your journey.

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    July 13, 2012 10:36 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tiffany

    Extremely touching video and message. I’m glad that I was able to see and learn about this origination. I look forward to being able to give a reoccurring donation. God bless.

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  • July 14, 2012 12:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Julie

    RIP

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  • July 14, 2012 12:05 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Giusy

    <3

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  • July 14, 2012 12:05 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tina

    <3

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    July 14, 2012 12:05 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Landon

    Thanks for sharing the video. Sign me a Vietnam vet with dogs!

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    July 14, 2012 12:05 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Bobbi Lynn

    so sorry for your loss …….his legacy will live on! <3

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    July 14, 2012 12:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Shannon

    God bless you Charles!

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  • July 14, 2012 12:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Michelle

    RIP

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  • July 14, 2012 12:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Erin

    Thank you

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  • July 14, 2012 12:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Monica

    :( <3

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    July 14, 2012 12:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Michelle

    damn! I just shared his story. was hoping to get more views to raise his spirits

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  • July 14, 2012 12:07 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jimmy

    SAD.

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    July 14, 2012 12:07 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Ellen

    Oh how sweet. What will happen to Charles’ dog now?

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    July 14, 2012 12:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lisa

    Charles in Peace with God.

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  • July 14, 2012 12:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Angela

    He will be the rescuer that walks Lennox across the Rainbow Bridge! GOD BLESS ! RIP

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    July 14, 2012 12:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Donna

    I’m so sorry :-(

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    July 14, 2012 12:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Ginger

    RIP Charles. I am sure the dogs were happy to greet you!

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  • July 14, 2012 12:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Christine

    RIP Charles♥♥♥♥♥

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    July 14, 2012 12:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Linda

    R.I.P. and may you and all of the four legged freinds you had waiting enjoy renewed joy and life in a place of no pain…. :)

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    July 14, 2012 12:10 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Addis

    <3

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    July 14, 2012 12:10 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Cheryl-Elaine

    My condolences to his family.

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  • July 14, 2012 12:10 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Takacs

    Rest in peace.

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    July 14, 2012 12:11 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Karen

    tears, no words, just tears………..

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  • July 14, 2012 12:11 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Ernestina

    Rip buddy

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    July 14, 2012 12:12 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tracey

    I’m so sorry – thank you for the update! Sharing again!

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    July 14, 2012 12:12 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Terry

    RIP Charles!!!!!!

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  • July 14, 2012 12:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Martha

    God’s blessings, Charles

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  • July 14, 2012 12:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jean

    OK that was my cry for the day….God Speed Charles

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  • July 14, 2012 12:15 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kim

    Thank you :)

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  • July 14, 2012 12:15 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tess

    RIP Charles

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    July 14, 2012 12:15 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Mieke

    i’m so sorry :( (((

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  • July 14, 2012 12:15 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jimmy

    RIP CHARLES.

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    July 14, 2012 12:15 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Judy

    Rip Charles and thank you!

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  • July 14, 2012 12:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Marit

    God Bless! Shared in Norway….

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    July 14, 2012 12:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Gina

    God Speed Charles…….you’re surrounded by all our doggie angels now. <3

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    July 14, 2012 12:17 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anya

    Thank u for all u have done no pet should be forgotten when there loved one has passed on to the other side of life.

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  • July 14, 2012 12:17 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Barbara

    God Bless you Charles

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  • July 14, 2012 12:18 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Debi

    I’m so very sorry, but he is now with family gone before him, and is busy reuniting as his soul travels between Heaven and the Rainbow Bridge. My thanks to you Charles.

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  • July 14, 2012 12:18 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lisa

    RIP Charles. I will donate in your honor – the video is truly moving.

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  • July 14, 2012 12:18 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Deste

    R.I.P Charles.

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    July 14, 2012 12:19 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Deb

    Thank you for letting me know about your program and how I can support Pets for Patriots.

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  • July 14, 2012 12:19 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lynn

    Sad news, RIP Charles xx

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    July 14, 2012 12:19 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Darcy

    shared.R.I.P Charles

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    July 14, 2012 12:19 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jean

    R.I.P charles xx :(

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    July 14, 2012 12:20 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Janice

    Rest in peace Sir. You are what this country is about.

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    July 14, 2012 12:20 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Crystal

    God bless you, Charles.

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    July 14, 2012 12:20 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lisa

    God Speed Charles !! You are now reunitied with all the animals gone before you, and can help the others over Rainbow’s Bridge <3

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    July 14, 2012 12:21 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jerri

    : (

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  • July 14, 2012 12:21 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Yesenia

    May he rest in peace…

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    July 14, 2012 12:22 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Vickie

    RIP

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    July 14, 2012 12:23 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Helinä

    R.I.P Charles

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  • July 14, 2012 12:24 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Diana

    Happy trails to you Charles.

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  • July 14, 2012 12:26 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Laurie

    God Bless you Charles and may you rest in peace knowing you were the love of a very special dog too…

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  • July 14, 2012 12:26 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kelly Lloyd

    RIP…

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  • July 14, 2012 12:27 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anabela

    May your soul rest in peace Sir.

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    July 14, 2012 12:27 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kay

    I watched and will share with others. RIP and thank you for your service to America, to fellow vets, and to the animals.

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    July 14, 2012 12:27 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Cindy

    R.I.P. dear Charles <3. What a wonderful program

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  • July 14, 2012 12:28 pmPosted 2 years ago
    David

    I’m sorry. My condolences.

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  • July 14, 2012 12:28 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Claudia

    rip charles! u will not b 4getten…

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  • July 14, 2012 12:29 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sandy

    My heartfelt condolences to his family . A true hero has passed away. RIP Charles!

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  • July 14, 2012 12:30 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Patricia

    So sorry to hear about Charles. He has no more pain now and no worries. Sharing this for him. <3

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  • July 14, 2012 12:30 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Allison Tivnan

    Eternal rest and peace for you now Charles. I am so sorry that I did not see this before he passed away. But I am sharing the video for others to watch. His passion will live on! What a wonderful program. I am inspired.

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  • July 14, 2012 12:30 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Hank

    I cannot imagine not having loved a dog.

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  • July 14, 2012 12:31 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sheril

    rip charles

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    July 14, 2012 12:33 pmPosted 2 years ago
    David

    Thanks for your great work, Charles

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  • July 14, 2012 12:34 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Angélica

    RIP Charles

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  • July 14, 2012 12:35 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Marsmac

    sharing it for Charles (Iusually don’t share videos) I know Charles is at the rainbow bridge waiting to greet the animals crossing over and making them feels at home

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    July 14, 2012 12:37 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Rio

    RIP Charles

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    July 14, 2012 12:37 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Laura

    RIP Mr. Charles. Thank you for your service. You will be blessed in Heaven for the honorable life you led and your love of animals.

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    July 14, 2012 12:38 pmPosted 2 years ago
    kriz

    Charles is now happy embracing the LIGHT of GOD full of unexplainable bliss and love… Go on Charles! Live eternally with our Maker! :)

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    July 14, 2012 12:40 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Faith

    i wish peace and healing for all who are suffereing his loss

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  • July 14, 2012 12:43 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Pauline

    RIP Charles!

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  • July 14, 2012 12:44 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Donna

    Praying for all who loved Charles and thanking God for him and his service to our country.

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    July 14, 2012 12:48 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Graces

    RIP charles

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