Charles W King was born in Columbus, Ohio September 8 1919. He
attended school in that city and later completed three tears
of college at Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio.
entered service in 1940 as a Flying Cadet, graduating with
class 41-D at Selma, Alabama. His first duty assignment was
with the 39th Pursuit Squadron, Selfridge Air Force Base,
the unit moved to the South Pacific in 1942, Colonel King went
along and later served in the capacity as Squadron Commander
for the 39th Fighter Squadron, New Guinea. During World War
II, he completed 450 combat hours and 201 combat missions in
P-38 (Lightning) and P-39’s (Aircobra). He scored five
victories (fighter Ace).
1944, the Colonel returned to ZI and was assigned to the 412th
Group Muroc Flight Test Base, California. Later he commanded
the 29th Squadron under the 412th Group. During his assignment
he was one of the first three tactical pilots to fly in the
original XP-80 (Shooting Star).
overseas again in 1945, Colonel King became Director of
Operations for the Fifth Air Force. A brief duty of temporary
duty sent him to Lowry
Air Force Base, Colorado as a technical advisor on a
historical film project, after which he returned to Japan. In
December 1946 he became Deputy Commander and Operations
Officer of the 49th Fighter Group in Japan, shortly there
after he assumed command of the 82nd Tactical Reconnaissance
to the United States in 1950, Colonel King was again assigned
to Selfridge Air Force Base as Group Operations Officer for
the 56th Fighter-Interceptor Group, and in June of that year
became squadron commander for the 63rd Fighter-Interceptor
Squadron, 56th Fighter-Interceptor Group at Selfridge. In
January 1951 he moved his squadron to Oscoda Air Force Base,
Michigan (renamed Wurtsmith Air Force Base on July 4 1953),
and assumed command of the Base.
September 1951 he reported to Headquarters, Air Defense
Command, Ent Air Force Base, Colorado as Chief, Plans
King went to Korea in July 1952 as Deputy Wing Commander of
the 4th Fighter –Interceptor Wing. While in Korea he amassed
93 combat hours and flew 66 combat missions in the
January 1953 he represented the Commander of the Fifth Air
Force on the Staff of Vice Admiral J.J. Clark, Commander of
the Seventh Fleet. This assignment ended in March 1953 and the Colonel
became Chief, Training and Operations Services Division, Fifth
Air Force, Korea.
following August he reported to Geiger Field, Spokane,
Washington, as Deputy of Operations 4702nd Defense Wing.
the forming of the 9th Air Division a year later, Colonel King
remained as Deputy of Operations for the Division, the
position he held until his transfer to McChord as Commander of
the 325th Fighter Wing (Air Defense), effective 16 July 1958.
King is a command pilot and is checked out in both jet and
conventional aircraft. He is currently flying the F-102A
has earned the following awards and decorations: Silver Star
Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with two
Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters,
Bronze Star Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Pacific Campaign
Medal with five Bronze Stars, Air Force Reserve Medal, Army
Occupation Metal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean
Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal.
and Mrs. King are the parents of two children, Gary 13 and
Harold, 8. They reside ant 3403 Alder St. S. W.