|Birth: ||Nov. 27, 1896|
South Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 23, 1973|
Isabelle and Charles were married on Sept 14, 1921, Orange, Orange County, California.
Notes for CHARLES HARLAN SWARTZ:
Fox's Who's Who Among South Dakotans vol. 1 1924-1925 p. 197
Charles Harlan Swartz: Army officer; b. Pierre, S. D. Nov. 27, 1898; s. Elmer Frank (q. v.) and Mary (Bradley) S.; ed. grad. Pierre high school, 1916; Morningside Coll., 2 yrs.; U. S. Military Acad., 2 yrs.; m. Isabelle J. Walker; ch. Isabelle Josephine, Oct. 10, 1922. Cadet, Military Acad., West Point, June 14, 1918; 2nd Lt., Inf., July 2, 1920; transferred to 10th F. A. Sept. 11, 1920. Republican. Methodist. Home: Pierre. Army address: Schofield Barracks, Honolulu, Hawaii, or care of The Adjutant General, Washington, D. C.
Army Officer, Former M. S. Star, Is Visitor
First Lieut. Charles H. Swartz, a former Morningside college football star and now with the Seventy Sixth Field artillery of the regular army stationed at the Presidio of Monterey, Cal., was a Sioux City visitor Saturday, on his return to duty on the Pacific coast. Lieutenant Swartz has been visiting his father at Pierre, S. D.
After he graduated from Morningside college, Swartz successfully passed entrance examinations for the United States Military academy at West Point. He finished there in 1925 after playing center and guard on the cadet football squad four years. He was a center on Coach J. M. Saunderson's football machine that contained such luminaries as "Jerry" Johnson, "Turk" Eiffert, "Al" Behmer, "Ted" Gantt, Horace Wulf, "Vic" Menefee and others who helped make history on that 1917 team that has since been known as "the wonder team."
Lieutenant Swartz is visiting at the home of his cousin, Drew Fletcher. He will leave for California Monday morning.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Obituary: Sun., Aug. 26, 1973 G5:
Charles H. Swartz, Retired General
Brig. Gen. Charles Harlen Swartz, 74, of Tacoma, died Thursday. A 1920 graduate of West Point Military Academy, Gen. Swartz served in the Philippines, Korea, Germany, New Guinea, Hawaii, and Japan. He retired from active military service in 1957 and began a second career with Brunswick, Balke and Colander Company of Chicago. General and Mrs. Swartz made their home in Tacoma after he retired from that firm in 1961. He was past commander of the Tacoma chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars, past president of the Knife and Fork Club, and board member of The Friends of the Fort Lewis Museum. He was a member of the Sigma Phi fraternity, the Retired Officers Association, the Association of the U.S. Army, and the First United Methodist Church of Tacoma. Much decorated, Gen. Swartz served after World War II on the War Department's general staff in Washington, D.C., and in the headquarters of the European Command in Heidelberg, Germany, as commanding general of the special activities division, Nuremberg. He was division artillery commander, 44th Infantry Division, and deputy commanding general for the 2nd Infantry Division at Fort Lewis. Survivors include his wife Isabelle, daughter Army Lt. Col. Isabelle J. Swartz of the Presidio, San Francisco, and a sister, Mrs. Kathleen Summitt of Arroyo Seco, New Mexico. The family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Army Emergency Relief Fund or the 6th Infantry Division Memorial Hall at the Fort Lewis Museum. Services will be held at 1 p.m. at Brookside Mortuary Chapel, Tacoma.
Note: I think the Sigma Phi should have been Sigma Pi. The fraternity pin found in his daughter's possession was a Sigma Pi pin.
Tacoma News Tribune: August 27, 1973 (By Robert B. Mottram, News Tribune Staff Writer)
In flag-draped casket
Tacoma general makes last trip
Brig. Gen. Charles H. Swartz of Tacoma made his final journey Monday.
In dress uniform, a U.S. flag draped across his metal casket, the Army general rode slowly from Brookside Mortuary to the veterans' section of New Tacoma Cemetery across the road.
His frail widow, Isabelle, and his daughter, Army Lt. Col. Isabelle J. Swartz, rode in a limousine behind the casket.
The funeral service was held at the Brookside Chapel, with an Army chaplain, Maj. Billy M. Hayes, officiating.
A double row of honorary pallbearers lined the 30 feet from door to hearse as the cart-borne casket was wheeled to the vehicle, elderly military men in business suits standing at attention.
Gen. Swartz, 74, a West Point graduate, died Thursday. A native of Pierre, S.D., he had served in The Philippines, Korea, Germany, New Guinea, Hawaii and Japan.
His first assignment, after the basic field artillery officers' course at Ft. Knox, Ky., was to the 10th Field Artillery Regiment at Ft. Lewis.
During World War II, he served as a battalion commander and division artillery commander with the 6th and 25th Infantry Division in the Southwest Pacific.
After the war, Gen. Swartz served on the War Department's general staff in Washington, D.C.; in the headquarters of the European Command in Heidelberg, Germany; as commander of the Special Activities Division in Noremberg; as a deputy artillery commander with the 44th Infantry, and as deputy commanding general for the 2nd Infantry Division at Ft. Lewis.
He retired from the Army in 1957 and moved to Tacoma in 1961.
Down the cemetery's West Drive, past Crabapple Lane the procession wound, mourners walking slowly behind the limousine. The general's flag, a silver star on a red field, was borne behind his body by a soldier from the 11th Field Artillery, a unit which the general once served.
The pallbearers led the way with measured step, among them six generals, three rear admirals and six colonels, past a cemetery flag at half staff, to the grave where an honor guard awaited.
Mrs. Swartz left the limousine and followed her husband's casket to the grave site, supported on the arms of her daughter and another woman lieutenant colonel.
The three women sat beneath a green canopy, the daugher's arm around her mother's shoulder.
Some scripture was read, a prayer spoken, then three sharp volleys of rifle fire split the air. From behind the mourners, a bugler sounded taps.
Chaplain Hayes stepped up to Mrs. Swartz and handed her the flag that had covered the casket.
"Mrs. Swartz," he said softly, "this flag is presented to you on behalf of a grateful nation..."
Fort Lewis Ranger: Aug. 30, 1973
Military Services Held for Brig. Gen. Swartz
Military services were held Monday at Brookside Chapel for Brig. Gen. Charles H. Swartz (Ret), former artillery commander and assistant division commander at Fort Lewis who died Thursday.
Gen. Swartz, 74, commanded the 44th Inf Div DivArty and then was ADC of the 2d Inf Div in the mid-1950s. He retired from the Army in 1957.
He had begun his military career with the 10th FA of the 3d Inf Div her after graduation from West Point. He commanded artillery with the 6th and 25th Inf Divs in the Southwest Pacific during World War II. Before his assignment to Fort Lewis, he commanded the Special Activities Division of USAEUR, headquartered at Nuremberg, Germany.
Gen. and Mrs. Swartz lived in Lakewood. He was a member of the Friends of the Fort Lewis Museum. The family requested contributions to AER or the 6th Inf Div Memorial Hall at the Fort Lewis Museum, in lieu of flowers.
A firing squad from the 1/11th FA, which Gen Swartz once served with, participated in the service.
Another piece of info:
Charles H. Swartz
U. S. A.
Commanding, First Field Artillery
Major Swartz entered the U. S. Military Academy from South Dakota in June 1918, graduating in 1920. In August, 1921, he graduated from the Field Artillery School, Basic Course. He served with the 10th Field Artillery Battalion from August, 1921 to February, 1924; the 11th Field Artillery from February 1924 to 1927 and with the 78th Field Artillery from March, 1927 to August, 1932. After graduating from the Field Artillery School, Advanced Course, in May, 1933, he was assigned as Professor of Military Science and Tactics at the University of Utah, where he remained until July, 1938. His service since that date has been with the 1st Field Artillery until October, 1940, and with the 1st Field Artillery Battalion in the 6th Division from October, 1940, to date.
Major Swartz's former home was at Pierre, South Dakota. He is married to the former Miss Isabelle Walker and has one daughter, Josephine.
Isabelle Walker Swartz (1895 - 1996)
Isabelle Josephine Swartz (1922 - 2012)*
Note: Brigadier General
New Tacoma Cemetery
Created by: Robin Barnes
Record added: Oct 24, 2012
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