January 26, 1926 - March 10, 2023
Charles (Chuck) West, the son of William and Ellen West, was the second of five children. He grew up in Red Oak, Iowa.
Charles graduated from Red Oak High School in 1943. That same year, he enlisted in the Army Specialized Training Program. In 1944, Charles was sent to Fort Jackson, S.C., as part of the 506 MP Battalion. Later that year he was shipped to Europe, to guard cities in Europe during World War II.