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40 Years Ago [reprise]
Pvt. Charles T. Gillespie, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Gillespie of La Rue, was believed to be the first Marion County man to take up training with the United States Army's parachute troops. The former LaRue varsity football player had completed his qualifying course at Fort Benning, Ga.

[The Marion Star (Marion, Ohio) 21 Aug 1941, Thu Page 1]

40 Years Ago [reprise]
  Charles Gillespie of LaRue. member ol the contracting firm of Uncapher and Gillespie, was named bridge engineer for Division 6 of the Ohio Highway Department, with headquarters in Delaware

[The Marion Star (Marion, Ohio) 07 Apr 1979, Sat Page 4]

GILLESPIE SAGET MERIDIAN. March 23. Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Saget announce the marriage of their daughter, Jean Naomi, to Lt. Charles T. Gillespie, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Gillespie. Gillespie. The marriage was quietly solemnized solemnized Sunday morning at the parsonage of the South Side Baptist Baptist church with the pastor, the Rev. Blanding Vaughan. officiating in the presence of the family and close friends.
   The bride wore a suit of oatmeal gabardine with a brown off-the-face off-the-face off-the-face off-the-face off-the-face hat and other brown accessories. accessories. Her flowers were a corsage of American Beauty roses.
   Serving as maid of honor and
only attendant was Miss Mamie Ruth Kldd, wearing a blue gabardine suit with frothy white jabot, black patent accessories and shoulder shoulder corsage of pink roses.
   Staff Sergeant Vernon People, of Key Field, served as best man.
   The bride is a graduate of MHS and at the time of her marriage was employed at the Southern Bell Telephone company.
   Lieutenant Gillespie was graduated from La Rue high school and joined the armed services in March, 1941; he received his commission at Fort Benning, Ga., in October, 1942, where he is now stationed with the parachute troops.
   Mrs. Gillespie changed into a traveling suit of Kelly green sheer wool worn with luggage accessories for her wedding trip to New Orleans.

[The Marion Star (Marion, Ohio) 03 March 1943, Sat Page 4]


Grave marker for Charles T Gillespie and spouse in Saint Roch Cemetery #01, New Orleans (Orleans Parish), Louisiana.

Charles enlisted in the Army at Fort Hayes, Columbus, OH on 6 March 1941.

.On 1 October 1941, 2nd Lt Gillespie was transferred from The Parachute School, Fort Benning, GA as a cadre member to Co H, 508th PIR.

He married Jean Naomi Saget in Meridian, MS on 24 March 1943.

He was announced as Assistant Regimental Intelligence Officer vice First Lieutenant Sidney C. McClue, O-1295751, Inf., who was relieved.

1st Lt Gillespie was wounded in action on 6 June 1944 and evacuated.  He was treated for a  penetrating wound in hip and buttock at the 108th General Hospital. He returned to duty on 29 June.

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