Charles Douglas Coons, the son of Charles and Paula Coons, was born on October 16, 1924, in Schenectady, New York. He worked for the White’s service station and had graduated from Nott Terrace High School.

On December 11, 1942, Charles enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps and began his training at Scott Field in Illinois. On December 23, 1943, he earned his radio technician degree. He held the rank of Sergeant and served with the 763rd Bomber Squadron, 460th Bomber Group, Heavy. On a B-24 Consolidated Liberator, Charles served as the top turret gunner and radio operator. He sailed for overseas deployment on June 18, 1944, and on August 6, 1944, he was killed in battle over the Tirreno Sea. His body was never found. He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing, Sicily Rome American Cemetery and Memorial, Italy.

Sources: The Schenectady Gazette, Find A Grave, Ancestry