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(courtesy of Leilani)

Grave marker for Charles E. Dwinal in Section M, Site 184 of the Puerto Rico National Cemetery, Bayamon (Bayamon county), Puerto Rico.

Upshur Manifest
shows Dwinal family members

Charles E. Dwinal was born in Pennsylvania on 11 May 1919 and was 21 years old when the 1940 Census showed him as a PFC living in Barrio, Post of San Juan (San Juan), Puerto Rico.

By 24 April 1945 he had already been elevated to the rank of 1st Sergeant when he was transferred from the 51st Reinforcement Battalion to Company "I", 508th PIR. During the following month he was briefly transferred to Company E.

Charles was released from the Army on 29 August 1945 but two years later he enlisted in the fledgling one-month-old Air Force.  He was subsequently released from the USAF on 27 October 1949. 

But, based on the travel document at left, he must have re-enlisted again as his family was sailing on the USS Upshur (T-AP198) to NY City with a final destination of Turner AFB, Albany, Georgia.  Listed are his wife Maria (29) and children Nancy (10), Charles (8), Irma (6) and Shirley (2).

This was not the family's first tour on the mainland as Irma's birthplace is listed as Allentown, PA while her siblings are all either San Juan or Aguadilla, literally opposite ends of the island implying other postings not yet found.

Charles died in Carolina Puerto Rico and was laid to rest in Puerto Rico National Cemetery.

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