Person:Charles Wilcox (11)

  1. Charles Herbert Wilcox1891 - 1959
m. 19 Jul 1929
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Name Charles Herbert Wilcox
Gender Male
Birth? 22 May 1891 Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States
Marriage 19 Jul 1929 South Pasadena, Los Angeles, California, United Statesto LuVerne B. Beal
Death? 8 Sep 1959 Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Burial? Sep 1959 Glendale, Los Angeles, California, United StatesForest Lawn Cemetery, Glendale
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  1.   California Death Index, 1940-1997
    Social Security #: 560120684 Sex: MALE
    Birth Date: 22 May 1891 BirthPlace: MINNESOTA
    Death Date: 8 Sep 1959 Death Place: LOS ANGELES
    Mother's Maiden Name: BEST Father's Surname: WILCOX
  2.   U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925
    Name: Chas H Wilcox
    Birth Date: 22 May 1891
    Birth Place: Minneapolis, Minn
    Residence: Schenectady, NY
    Passport Issue Date: 15 Jan 1917
    Father Name: Herbert A Wilcox
    Father's Birth Location: Sharon, Mass
    Passport Includes a Photo: Y
    Source: Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 - March 31, 1925 (M1490)
  3.   Forest Lawn Cemetery
    Interment for: Wilcox, Charles H
    Interment Details:

    Park Glendale

    Section Vale of Memory

    Map # 01

    Lot # 243

    Space # 4

    Property Ground
  4.   Charles can be found in the following census:

    1900 Aspen, Pitkin, Colorado Federal Census
    1910 San Diego Ward 1, San Diego, California Federal Census
    1920 Dayton Ward 1, Montgomery, Ohio Federal Census md. to Francesca age 18
    1930 Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA Federal Census
  5.   Charles Herbert Wilcox, the son of Herbert A. Wilcox, a mining engineer, and Jennie (Best) Wilcox, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 22, 1891. He attended the Staunton Military Academy in Virginia from 1906-1907, and he attended high school in Aspen, Colorado and in San Diego, California. In 1910-1911 he attended the Throop Academy in Pasadena, California. He studied at the California Institute of Technology from 1911-1915 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

    After his formal education, Charles worked as a machinist with the Craig Ship Building Company at Long Beach from June 1915 to May 1916. From November 1915 to May 1916, he was a member of the Aviation Section of the California Naval Militia. From May 1916 to January 1917, Charles worked as a student engineer with the General Electric Company in Schenectady, New York. While there, he read an ad seeking pilots for the Lafayette Flying Corps which were the American volunteers who flew in the French Air Service during World War One before the United States entered the war. Against his father's wishes, Charles applied and was accepted. His supervisor secured him a passport to France, ostensibly to work there for the company. Wilcox sailed for France shortly before the U.S. entered the War, and he enlisted in France's Service Aeronautique on February 8, 1917.

    On February 10, 1917 Charles began his aviation and gunnery training at Avord, Pau, and the G.D.E. He earned his brevet on the Bleriot on May 31, and he graduated from the training pipeline on July 16, 1917. From July 18, 1917 to January 18, 1918, Caporal Wilcox served at the Front with Escadrille SPA 80. From January 25 to February 18, 1918, Sergent Wilcox was assigned to SPA 124. On January 9, 1918, Wilcox transferred to the United States Air Service and was given the rank of First Lieutenant. From February 18 to June 18, 1918, he served with the 103rd Aero Squadron, USAS. 1Lt Wilcox was officially credited with the destruction of three enemy aircraft. For his war service, Wilcox was awarded France's Croix de Guerre with two Palms and a Star.

    From July to October 1918, Lt Wilcox served as a test pilot at Wilbur Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio. He sailed to England on October 19 to test aircraft and remained there until after the Armistice on November 11, 1918. From December 1918 to September 1920, the date of his military discharge, 1Lt Wilcox worked as a test pilot, armament designer, and student at the Officer's School of Application, McCook Field, Dayton, Ohio. While still in the service at Dayton, 1Lt Wilcox married Maria Binder, a Zigfeld girl.

    Following his military service, Wilcox became a civilian test pilot in Ohio. A crash-landing ended his career. He returned with his wife to California to his parent's Pasadena mansion. He was employed by the Los Angeles Gas and Electric Company in Los Angeles. He and Mrs. Wilcox were divorced in 1924. Wilcox eventually became chief steam engineer for the L.A. Gas & Electric Company. On July 19, 1929, Wilcox married Lu Verne Beal of Los Anglees, a talented singer and piano player. Wilcox died on September 8, 1959 in Beverly Hills, California at age 68.

    [Source: "The Lafayette Flying Corps: The American Volunteers in the French Air Service in World War One," by Dennis Gordon. Schiffer Military History; Atglen, PA: 2000.]