Charles was adopted by John and Mary Russell (Mary Buckley Mesch)of Wild Cat Township (now Moline), Kansas at the age of 13 (~1926). He enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 21 (~1934). He was gravely wounded during WWII at the battle of Iwo Jima and later died from his wounds on 21 May 1945. He was buried overseas but was later interred at Fort Scott National Cemetery, Fort Scott, Kansas on 21 Dec 1948. Charles was enrolled in the National Purple Heart hall of Honor in New York State in November, 2012.