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Carmelo Alvarez “Charlie” Torres

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Carmelo Alvarez “Charlie” Torres Veteran

Birth
San Juan, San Juan Municipality, Puerto Rico, USA
Death
11 Nov 2018 (aged 96)
Johnson City, Washington County, Tennessee, USA
Burial
Mountain Home, Washington County, Tennessee, USA Add to Map
Plot
Section TT, Site 420
Memorial ID
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Staff Sergeant Caemelo, "Charlie" Alvarez Torres, Service Number 32721509, Right Waist Gunner, 815th Bomb Squadron, 483rd Bomb Group (Heavy), 5th Bomb Wing, 15th Air Force, United States Army Air Forces. Taken Prisoner by the German Army after his B-17F Flying Fortress #42-29856 named: Patches was shot down by anti-aircraft fire (flak) on 10 May 1944 in Austria during the Air Offensive, Europe Campaign, held at Stalag Luft 4, Gross Tychow, Poland.10 May 1944 in Austria during the Air Offensive, Europe Unit Campaign, held in Stalag Luft 4, Gross Tychow, Poland.

Survivor of the Black (Death) March out of Stalag Luft 4. The march began on 6 February 1945 after the sick and wounded POWs were removed by train. It lasted 86 days, covering 600 miles through Poland and Czechoslovakia into Germany. It started with around 6,000 American and other Allied POWs during what would be called the worst winter of the 20th Century in Europe. The men marched each day and slept in the snow with little food to eat or water to drink. Death rates vary, but it's estimated that around 1,000 Stalag Luft 4 POWs died during this march.

Carmelo "Charlie "A. Torres, of Johnson City, Tennessee, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 11, 2018. Ironically, being a veteran, his passing took place on Veterans Day.

He retired from the United States Postal Service after serving as a Safety Inspector Specialist in Orlando, Florida for many years.

He participated in World War II as part of a bomb squadron with the United States Army Air Forces. During his last mission, Staff Sgt. Charlie Torres, a right waist gunner, was assigned with his 10-man crew to B-17F Flying Fortress dubbed "Patches". His plane got hit by flak and he survived the eventual plane crash by jumping out the bomb bay doors. He believes it was a miracle of God that he made it out, turned his parachute away from the bomb zone, and wasn't hit by flak or bullets

Charlie can be quoted as saying: "Every mission, we flew for patriotism and love of country. We lived our lives with an intensity that's difficult for others to imagine or fully comprehend."

God was in control," he has always said. "By God's grace, I was not hit."

This is all described in his autobiographical book "This Was Not My Time"

Charlie A. Torres dedicated himself to a Christian way of life; encouraging others to do so as well, supporting many churches and missionary endeavors both locally and internationally.

He was well loved, appreciated, and respected by many friends, family, and acquaintances the like.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Eusebia Torres of 56 years; children, Alice Torres, Daniel V. Torres, Carlos A. Torres; Grandchildren Katherine Rivera, and David Isaac Torres; Great grandchildren, Danielle Cosme, Johnathan Prieto and much extended family in Puerto Rico, Florida, and Tennessee.

A Celebration of Life service for Charlie will be conducted at 7:00 PM Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Happy Valley Church of Jesus Christ with Pastor Donny Reagan officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 4:00 PM until the service hour. Graveside services with Military Honors will be held at 10:45 AM Monday, November 19, 2018 in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. For those attending this service you are asked to meet at the cemetery by 10:35 AM.

Woodall-Anderson and Dugger Funeral Home, 108 W. Watauga Avenue, Johnson City is serving the Torres family. 423-928-2245
Staff Sergeant Caemelo, "Charlie" Alvarez Torres, Service Number 32721509, Right Waist Gunner, 815th Bomb Squadron, 483rd Bomb Group (Heavy), 5th Bomb Wing, 15th Air Force, United States Army Air Forces. Taken Prisoner by the German Army after his B-17F Flying Fortress #42-29856 named: Patches was shot down by anti-aircraft fire (flak) on 10 May 1944 in Austria during the Air Offensive, Europe Campaign, held at Stalag Luft 4, Gross Tychow, Poland.10 May 1944 in Austria during the Air Offensive, Europe Unit Campaign, held in Stalag Luft 4, Gross Tychow, Poland.

Survivor of the Black (Death) March out of Stalag Luft 4. The march began on 6 February 1945 after the sick and wounded POWs were removed by train. It lasted 86 days, covering 600 miles through Poland and Czechoslovakia into Germany. It started with around 6,000 American and other Allied POWs during what would be called the worst winter of the 20th Century in Europe. The men marched each day and slept in the snow with little food to eat or water to drink. Death rates vary, but it's estimated that around 1,000 Stalag Luft 4 POWs died during this march.

Carmelo "Charlie "A. Torres, of Johnson City, Tennessee, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 11, 2018. Ironically, being a veteran, his passing took place on Veterans Day.

He retired from the United States Postal Service after serving as a Safety Inspector Specialist in Orlando, Florida for many years.

He participated in World War II as part of a bomb squadron with the United States Army Air Forces. During his last mission, Staff Sgt. Charlie Torres, a right waist gunner, was assigned with his 10-man crew to B-17F Flying Fortress dubbed "Patches". His plane got hit by flak and he survived the eventual plane crash by jumping out the bomb bay doors. He believes it was a miracle of God that he made it out, turned his parachute away from the bomb zone, and wasn't hit by flak or bullets

Charlie can be quoted as saying: "Every mission, we flew for patriotism and love of country. We lived our lives with an intensity that's difficult for others to imagine or fully comprehend."

God was in control," he has always said. "By God's grace, I was not hit."

This is all described in his autobiographical book "This Was Not My Time"

Charlie A. Torres dedicated himself to a Christian way of life; encouraging others to do so as well, supporting many churches and missionary endeavors both locally and internationally.

He was well loved, appreciated, and respected by many friends, family, and acquaintances the like.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Eusebia Torres of 56 years; children, Alice Torres, Daniel V. Torres, Carlos A. Torres; Grandchildren Katherine Rivera, and David Isaac Torres; Great grandchildren, Danielle Cosme, Johnathan Prieto and much extended family in Puerto Rico, Florida, and Tennessee.

A Celebration of Life service for Charlie will be conducted at 7:00 PM Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Happy Valley Church of Jesus Christ with Pastor Donny Reagan officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 4:00 PM until the service hour. Graveside services with Military Honors will be held at 10:45 AM Monday, November 19, 2018 in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. For those attending this service you are asked to meet at the cemetery by 10:35 AM.

Woodall-Anderson and Dugger Funeral Home, 108 W. Watauga Avenue, Johnson City is serving the Torres family. 423-928-2245


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