Recently we published information concerning Elk River men stationed at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. We noted the newspaper’s lack of information about Charles Nogle, reportedly stationed at Guam, possibly captured or killed. New information, with help from Nogle’s descendant Sandra Koppendrayer, allows us to provide an update:
Actually stationed at Ewa Field, near Pearl Harbor, Marine Air Corps mechanic Charles Nogle witnessed and survived the attack on Hawaii. A 1989 newspaper article published Nogle reminiscences about the day. “At the time of the attack, I was a crew member on a DC-5 that out on the field. We had two of them, and on December 7, one of the was in the overhaul hanger at Ford Island,” he said. “Ironically, it was the only hanger building on Ford Island that was not hit, and that old bird never got a scratch on it.”
Nogle explained at the time of the attack he was caught wearing nothing but a towel, preparing to shower and head for liberty in Honolulu. In the chaos that ensued, an officer ordered him to get dressed before joining the fight to protect Pearl Harbor. He also remembered an anticipated invasion generated significant tension the following days. An attack that never arrived.
To conclude the update: Charlie Nogle served throughout the war and returned home. Elk River remained a residence for only a brief time after his return.