Charles C. "Charlie" West, Sr., Cadiz, KY, born January 30, 1926 in Christian Co., KY, passed away Thursday, July 19, 2012, at Princeton Health and Rehab Center in Princeton, KY. Mr. West was retired from the US Armed Forces, having served 26 years in the US Navy and the US Army Air Corp/Air Force during WW II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He began his military career at the age of 17 at the Great Lakes Naval Station in Illinois. His first assignment was aboard the USS Moore, a Destroyer Escort at the Brooklyn Navy Yard with sea duty in the Atlantic. Aboard the USS Moore, he escorted convoys to the Mediterranean Sea. After the USS Moore he was assigned to Frontier Base Training in Portland, Maine and subsequently rendezvoused with convoys from the base in Hampton Roads, VA where he escorted the same across the Atlantic to the Mediterranean Sea. In 1945 He was assigned to the Naval Station in Norfolk, VA where he began his duty with the Sonar Buoy School. After WW II, in 1949 Mr. West entered the US Army Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base and was later assigned to electronics school at Biloxi, MS, Specialty Airborne Radar Systems. In 1951, he was assigned to Hunter Air Force Base in Georgia where he serviced B-50 aircraft during the Korean War. In early 1954 he reenlisted in the Air Force and was assigned to Barkdale Air Force Base in Louisiana with the Strategic Air Command and subsequently assigned to Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi for advanced electronic technology training on B-47's. After that he transferred to Ramey Air Force Base in Puerto Rico where he maintained bombing radar navigation equipment on B-36's. While at Ramey, the 72nd Air Force Base won a bombing competition held at Carswell AFB and Mr. West was promoted to T/SGT due to his technological expertise. In 1958 he was assigned to the 2D Bomb Wing at Fairchild Air Force Base in WA. and in 1960 he was assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing at Glasgow Air Force Base in MT. where he supported Operation Vietnam Conflict. Beginning in 1966, he was assigned to the 93rd Bomb Wing at Castle AFB in CA and was later transferred in 1967 back to the 509th Bomb Wing at Pease AFB in New Hampshire. While with the 509th Bomb Wing, he received a promotion to Master Sergeant and on November 30, 1969, Master Sergeant West retired after serving his country for 26 years. He also retired from the US Army Corp of Engineers, where he worked at the Lake Barkley Dam for 22 years. He was a member of Westside Baptist Church in Hopkinsville, KY. He was survived by: Wife - Mrs. Iva Adams West, Cadiz, KY, Two Sons & Daughter-In-Law- Charles & Rose West, Jr., Cadiz, KY & David Wayne West, Hopkinsville, KY, One Daughter - Tamera West, Cincinnati, OH, Three Grandchildren- Chris West, Kaycee West & Whitney Gray, Four Great Grandchildren- Laura West, Emma West, Landen Gray & Addison Gray. He was preceded in death by: Father - Charles Curtis West, II, Mother - Minnie Bell Freeman West & One Sister - Dottie Foster.
Arrangements are being handled by Goodwin Funeral Home, Inc., 138 Main St. -P.O. Box 2050 Cadiz, KY 42211-031 in Cadiz, KY where the family will receive friends after 4:00 PM on Sunday, July 22, 2012. Funeral Service will be at Goodwin Funeral Home at 2:00 PM Monday, July 23, 2012 with the Reverend Mike Boyd officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Adams Cemetery in Cadiz, KY. Memorial Contributions can be made to: Ky Veteran's Cemetery West, 5817 Ft. Campbell Blvd., Hopkinsville, KY 42240.