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FLETCHER CHARLES WILLIAM FLETCHER BG (Ret.) US Army (Age 92) Passed away on January 2, 2013 with his family by his side at his home in The Fairfax, Ft Belvoir, VA. Loving husband of 66 years, father of six, grandfather of 14, combat hero, Army General Officer, vanguard for the rights of the blind and severely handicapped, and devout Roman Catholic. Charlie Fletcher made everyone who knew him better for the experience. Raised on a farm outside Centreville, Michigan, elementary education in a one room schoolhouse then rode his horse nine miles to attend high school. At an early age, he learned the value of hard work and respect for others. He lived the virtues of his West Point Alma Mater: Duty, Honor, Country. Graduating in 1941, he saw combat action from Normandy to the German heartland; earning two Silver Stars and numerous citations for bravery. Subsequent overseas tours with the first advisors to Viet Nam and Korea as a Corps Artillery Commander. During his career, he led numerous efforts in strategic thinking to include the first course at the US Army War College. After retirement, Charlie took the job position as Executive Director for the Committee Marketing the Products of the Blind and Severely Handicapped where he pioneered the establishment of blind and handicapped workshops and active promotion of their products to government agencies. He is survived by his wife, Johnnie, Ft Belvoir, VA,; two sons, Charles Jr., Fairfax Station, VA and James, Las Cruces, NM. who followed his example and became Army General Officers themselves; and four daughters, Suzanne Gauthier, Potomac Falls, VA; Mary Donohue, Winter Springs, FL; Margaret Wilson, Richmond, VA; and Anne Fletcher, Richmond, VA, who are each successful in their own right. He will always be remembered for his sterling example, his boundless compassion, his devout faith, and his occasional dry wit. He earned his eternal home in heaven where he is now, no doubt, organizing their activities. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the West Point Association of Graduates, West Point, NY 10996. www.westpointaog.org. Wake and Rosary at Demaine Funeral Home, Sunday, January 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. www.demainefunerals.com. Funeral Mass at St Michael's Catholic Church, Annandale, VA, Monday, January 7 at 12 noon.
Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 6, 2013