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CPT Charles William “Charley” Paddock

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CPT Charles William “Charley” Paddock

  • Birth 11 Aug 1900 Gainesville, Cooke County, Texas, USA
  • Death 21 Jul 1943 Sitka, Sitka Borough, Alaska, USA
  • Burial Sitka, Sitka Borough, Alaska, USA
  • Plot SECTION Q SITE 7
  • Memorial ID 786

Olympic Athlete. Born in Gainesville, Texas, he was a champion sprinter and was the first one dubbed "The fastest man alive". At the 1920 Olympic Summer Games Antwerp, he won the Gold Medal in the 100M dash, Gold Medal in the 4x100 relay and a Silver Medal in the 200M dash. He set the World's record in the 100M and 200M dash in 1921 and at the 1924 Olympic Summer Games Paris, he won the Gold Medal in the 200M. When World War II broke out in 1941, he joined the U S Marine Corps and became a Captain for the Pacific Department. He was killed in an air crash near Sitka, Alaska.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 786
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPT Charles William “Charley” Paddock (11 Aug 1900–21 Jul 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 786, citing Sitka National Cemetery, Sitka, Sitka Borough, Alaska, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .