Charles Westmoreland


Charles Westmoreland was born in the state of South Carolina, in the county of Greenville, in the township of Fairview, April 11, 1931. He is the son of the late Ernest L. and Edna (Gray) Westmoreland. His educational background consists of his attendance at the Frederick Douglass Elementary and Junior High School from 1936-1946. He completed his High School GED studies in 1948.

His military career began when he enlisted in the Army Air Corp on March 5, 1946 and was first stationed at Camp Atterbury in Indiana where he was sworn in. His initial basic training was at Shepherd Air Field in Wichita Fall, Texas. He completed basic training at Scott Air Field in Illinois.

He would later attend Tech school at Kelly Air Field in San Antonio, Texas in the field of Food Service where he graduated with a certificate. While waiting for an assignment, he attended an Aircraft Welding course and also received a certificate of completion.

His first overseas assignment was in Okinawa, with the 460th Aviation Squadron. At that time there were no positions for Black airmen working on aircraft so he continued in the Food Service position and Flight Attendant.

He returned to the states in February 1948. He was then assigned to the 332nd Fighter Group, Lockbourne Air Base in Columbus, Ohio. He was later transferred to the 307th Bomb Wing Group at MACDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida (SAC) in April 15, 1948.

During his military career he has achieved many awards and completions. Some of them are as follows: Phase IV Human Relations Course, Air Force Professional Military NCO Academy, Air Force Leadership Course, Members of the Air National Guard Non- Commissioned Officers Academy  Graduate Association.

His wartime duty title was Aircraft Metals Technology Supervisor / Superintendent. He supervised and performed difficult and technical welding and machining of B-1B, EC-135, KC-135, B-52 components, engines and aerospace ground equipment. On April 11, 1991 he retired from military service with a grade of E7, Master Sergeant.

In his civilian life, Charles worked for General Electric Aircraft and Engine in Avendale. Ohio working as an air foil blade welder. He retired after 33 years of service on July 1, 1991.