As many grieve the loss of a great man, they remember who he was and the great things he has done. As a recipient of several badges of honor — including the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge and the National Defense Services Medal — his list of accomplishments as a civilian and military man are, indeed, impressive.
A strong advocate for Purple Heart recipients, he would go to the wall with them and for them to help ensure they got the recognition and benefits they deserve. He most recently worked on the Purple Heart Memorial at the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center in Balboa Park and was petitioning for recipients of the Purple Heart Medal to have special parking.
He also participated on the Mental Health Advisory Board representing the U.S. De-partment of Veterans Affairs and Veterans Village of San Diego to develop the post-traumatic stress disorder program for combat veterans.
In the early 1990s, Charter was a board member of the Ocean Beach Town Council, serving for a time as president. He participated in the organization of chili cook-off festivals, Christmas parades, fought against San Diego wastewater being dumped in the ocean just a few miles out of Ocean Beach, restoration of the Ocean Beach Pier, beautification of the Ocean Beach entryway, an Adopt-a-Beach program, and the building of the Ocean Beach Skateboard Park, just to name a few.
Memorial services will be held Feb. 1 at Veterans Village of San Diego, located at 4141 Pacific Highway. in the Jack Lyons Auditorium at 2:30 p.m. He will be laid to rest at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery among his comrades.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, monetary donations be made to the Veterans Village of San Diego in Michael Charter’s name.