#VeteranOfTheDay: Navy Veteran Charles E. Peterson


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Charles E. Peterson. Charles served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1940 – 1947. He was wounded in the Battle of the Coral Sea, one major naval battles in the Pacific Theater of World War II between the Imperial Japanese Navy and naval and air forces from the United States and Australia.

After the war he was sent on the Antarctic expedition Operation Highjump, led by Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd, Jr. with a primary mission was to establish the Antarctic research base Little America IV.

Charles passed away in 1990. We honor his service.


Melissa Heintz

Melissa Heintz joined the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2015 and worked as the National Veterans Day Coordinator, National Veterans Outreach. She grew up on an Army base in Japan before her family relocated to Hawaii. She holds a degree in Journalism/Mass Communications and Spanish from Seattle University. Melissa has served as a public affairs specialist with Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In December 2015, Melissa commissioned in the Air National Guard as a public affairs officer.


  1. Rev. James L. Mengel III    

    Please tell us about the “Veterans For Peace” group. That’s what we gave our time and lives for–PEACE! And our relatives who died in action in WWII and North Korea? Please, what about VFP?

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