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An Airman's Story: Lieutenant Colonel Charles Herman Older

Lieutenant Colonel Charles Herman Older was born on September 29, 1917, in Hanford, California.

After graduating from the University of California in 1939, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps as an aviator before transferring to the American Volunteer Group, better known as "The Flying Tigers." Lieutenant Colonel Charles Older traveled to China to aid in the Second Sino-Japanese War. However, after the attack on Pearl Harbor and the beginning of World War II, the Flying Tigers disbanded, and he was transferred to the Army Air Forces, fighting in the China-Burma Theater.

After WWII, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Older remained with the U.S. Air Force Reserve, attended law school at the University of Southern California, and redeployed to Korea for the Korean War.

After graduation, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Older worked as a lawyer until he was appointed to the bench by Governor Regan. He served as a judge for 20 years and many trials, including the Charles Manson trial.

He died on June 17, 2006.


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