San Antonio Chapter celebrates the service of longtime NDTA member Mr. Charles Sheffield.

Author:Reed, Rufus
Position:National Defense Transportation Association

Charles Sheffield, of the San Antonio Chapter, will attain 50 years as an active NDTA member on March 15, 2003. Charlie is amongst a small group members who have been actively involved in the association for more than 50 years. Born on December 20, 1914, in Mingus, Texas, a small town (population 750) midway between Ft. Worth and Abilene, Charlie was one of 14 siblings. After graduating from high school in 1932, Charlie began college at Hardin-Simmon University, In need of a way to support himself and pay for college, he began working as a full-time ticket agent for Greyhound Bus Lines, in Abilene, on August 12, 1933. At that point, college became a part-time effort, but Charlie was persistent, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1941.

Like many other young men, Charlie eagerly answered the call of his country after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. On the morning after the attack, Charlie enlisted in the Navy, entering basic training in San Diego, California, in January 1942. After training at various locations, he was assigned to an LST (Landing Ship Tank) with a homeport of Norfolk, Virginia. While at sea duty, Charlie saw action during the allied invasion of Palermo, Sicily and Salerno, Italy in 1943. In July 1944, Charlie was commissioned as an ensign and reassigned to the Naval Research Laboratory on the Potomac River in Washington, DC. After receiving training as a supply officer at Harvard University, Charlie was reassigned to San Diego and then Port Magoo, where he was when the war ended on August 14, 1945. In January 1946, after serving six months at Honolulu, Hawaii, Charlie was discharged at the grade of lieutenant (O-3) and returned to his job with Greyhound in Abilene.

On December 3, 1949, Charlie married Mary Nell Hughes in Abilene. On Friday, March 12, 1953, they moved to San Antonio, Texas, where Greyhound had transferred Charlie to become the government representative to the five military installations and the Reserves. Upon reporting for his first day at work on the following Monday, Lyle Bayless, who had helped establish the San Antonio Chapter in 1949...

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