Elected in 1981
“For productive leadership in the control and development of the nation’s largest rivers, involving new concepts for effecting optimum utilization.”
BY THE CHARLES NOBLE FAMILY
SUBMITTED BY THE NAE HOME SECRETARY
CHARLES “CHUCK” NOBLE was born in Syracuse, New York, to Italian immigrant parents. His father, Anthony, initially worked in the Pennsylvania coal mines, but, after years of self-instruction, he taught himself to be an auto mechanic. Chuck inherited his dad’s love of education and excelled in school, where his economics professor at North High School in Syracuse recommended that he pursue an academic career at West Point. At the time Chuck thought West Point was only for rich kids, but months later he saw an advertisement in the newspaper, “Join the Army and go to West Point,” and he began actively exploring this opportunity.
After high school graduation, Chuck enrolled in the Army Preparatory School at Fort Totten for the purpose of competing for an appointment to West Point. After serving a year as a private assigned to the 26th Infantry Barracks, Plattsburg, NewYork, he won appointments to both the military and naval academies. He decided on West Point and enrolled on July 1, 1936, thus achieving his dream.