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Charles Valentine Augustus
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Birth: Jan. 10, 1916
Illinois, USA
Death: Jul. 28, 1985
Long Beach
Los Angeles County
California, USA


Charles Valentine Augustus, a Navy pilot who was imprisoned by both the Germans and the Japanese during World War II, died of lung cancer at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Long Beach. The retired Navy commander was 67.

In 1942, flying from a carrier, Charles was shot down and captured during the Allied invasion of North Africa. Set free in 1943 when the Germans surrendered, Augustus was reassigned to the Pacific, where he was again shot down, this time during an air battle over the Mariana Islands.

Augustus was taken prisoner and shipped to Japan, where he remained until the war ended. When he was freed, his weight had dropped from 185 pounds to 106, the result of a daily diet of three small cups of chicken feed mixed with hot water. He also was beaten regularly, he told the Long Beach Press Telegram in an interview shortly before his death.

He was assigned to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Italy after the war and retired in the 1960s.

He survivors include a daughter, Barbara; his mother, Elizabeth; three brothers and a sister.


Riverside National Cemetery
Riverside County
California, USA
Plot: 20, 0, 1817
Maintained by: JC
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Feb 25, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 304206
Charles Valentine Augustus
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The best way to thank you for your service is to remember you and the sacrifices that you made for our freedom.
- JC
 Added: Jul. 1, 2014
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- Graving Queen of the OC
 Added: Aug. 22, 2004

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