The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, California ran a Memorial Day article about Charlie Hitchens by Hal Durian on May 30, 2010.If anyone would like to have this article, please let me know and I will mail it to you.I have no relationship to Mr. Hitchens.
In brief, the article reports that Charlie Hitchens grew up in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.He joined the Army in 1917. While fighting in Europe, Charlie was gassed and his lungs were severely damaged.Following the war, Charlie's unit occupied a portion of western Germany.When he returned home, he married his high school sweetheart, Leota. They had one son, Floyd Hitchens.The family moved to California seeking a healthier environment for Charlie's severe lung condition.They resided in Rosemead, CA and later settled in Riverside, CA. Charlie died in 1962.