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 Charles William “Charley” Paddock

Charles William “Charley” Paddock

Birth
Gainesville, Cooke County, Texas, USA
Death 21 Jul 1943 (aged 42)
Sitka, Sitka Borough, Alaska, USA
Burial Sitka, Sitka Borough, Alaska, USA
Plot Section Q, Site 7
Memorial ID 786 · View Source
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Olympic Games Gold Medalist Athlete. Born in Gainesville, Texas, he was a champion sprinter and was the first one called "The Fastest Man Alive". At the 1920 Olympic Summer Games in Antwerp, Belgium, he won the Gold Medal in the 100 Meter Dash, the Gold Medal in the 4x100 relay and a Silver Medal in the 200 Meter dash. He set the World's record in the 100 Meter and 200 Meter dash in 1921 and at the 1924 Olympic Summer Games in Paris, France he won the Gold Medal in the 200 Meter dash. When World War II broke out in 1941, he joined the United States 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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CAPT, US MARINE CORPS WORLD WAR II


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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 786
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 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 .