Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Charles Harold Alper. Charles served during World War II from 1942 – 1946.

After graduating from medical school at the University of Tennessee in 1942, Charles was offered a residency through the Navy. He started his medical career at the U.S. Naval Hospital and St. Vincent’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. Later, Charles served as a medical officer aboard the USS Waters APD-8 destroyer caring for Marines during advancements throughout the Pacific Theater. He served in the Marianas Islands, Saipan, Tinian, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Charles was present to watch the Marine soldiers raise the American flag on Feb. 23, 1945 during the Battle of Iwo Jima. For his service, Charles received the WWII Victory Medal and Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal.

Charles was discharged from the Navy in December 1946 where he went on to practice ear, nose and throat medicine at a family clinic in his hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 1957, Charles studied microscopic surgery of the ear at the University of Vienna in Austria. He later took over the family clinic in 1958 where he worked until retirement. Charles passed away in November 2006 surrounded by loved ones and is survived by his children and grandchildren.

We honor your service, Charles.

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It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to with as much information as you can put together, along with some good photos. Visit our blog post about nominating to learn how to create the best submission.

Veterans History Project

This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at

Graphic by Julia Wang: Julia Wang is an Economics and History of Architecture Major with a Certificate in Civic Leadership at Rice University.

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Published on Dec. 9, 2017

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  1. Albert Lary December 17, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Albert (Al) Lary USMC RETIRED Captain

    % in agreement— and once a MARINE always a MARINE

  2. Oliver Grant December 15, 2017 at 10:31 am

    It would be great if you folks would stop reffering to United States Marines as „
    Soldiers.“ To do so is insulting and in correct. Members of the United States Army are correctly called soldiers. Marines are referred to as Marines. We are not Soldiers. One would think the VA administration would know better

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