Correll turns 100 Pa.’s oldest living State Policeman celebrates a century on Oct. 6

By on October 2, 2013

Charles Correll

Local resident Charles Correll will be celebrating his 100th birthday Oct. 6 with family and friends.

Charles was born in Tamaqua, and is one of eight children.

After graduating from Saint Jerome’s High School, Charles enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1932. The USMC at that time was developing their amphibious operations and Charles was able to take part in the research.

Following an honorable USMC discharge, he enlisted in the Pa. State Police. Charles, along with 250 men, graduated from the first class of the Pa. Motor Police Training School in Myerstown. After completing three additional months at the Pa. State Police Academy in Hershey, Charles was stationed in Wyoming Barracks during criminal investigations. His fondest memories are of his days pre-WWII, when he rode with the PSP Rodeo team making $3 a day. He retired from Troop J Lancaster after 34 years, holding a rank of Lieutenant. Presently, Charles is the oldest living Pa. State Policeman.

When WWII started, Charles was recruited by the United States Coast Guard. He saw active duty both in the U.S. and Italy as a supervisor and instructor in handling dangerous cargo for the was zones.

Following WWII, Charles remained in the USCG Reserve and was later activated for the Korean Conflict. After 35 years, he retired holding a rank of commander.

Charles and his wife Elizabeth Ann (deceased) raised two children: Richard (deceased) and Jane of Akron. He is also predeceased by his second wife, Alta.

Charles attributes his longevity to daily exercise and eating a homemade breakfast of oatmeal, applesauce and honey. He says he feeds himself like he fed his rodeo horses.

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