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David "Davis" Charm

T/5 in Signal Co, Special : HQ

Military occupational specialty: 835 (supply clerk)


Born 1910 in PA, Died 1983

County of residence at enlistment: Richmond County, NY
Other residence(s): Scranton, PA; Staten Island, NY; Deerfield Beach, FL
United States Army, European Theatre of Operations
Occupation before the war: salesmen, to consumers
Source: Unit Shipment 10143-D, 23d HQ, from le Havre 23 June 1945;

David Charm was born on July 5, 1910 in Scranton, PA, the middle of three sons. His mother had been born in Germany; his father in Russia of Polish ancestry. His father was a laborer in Scranton, but by 1915 the family had moved to Staten Island where David's father opened a grocery store. David completed two years of high school and went to work at the store at some point; he was there in the 1940 census.

By the time he registered for the draft, on October 16, 1940, he was living with his family in Tompkinsville (a neighborhood of Staten Island) and working for Robert Levenstein in Secaucus, NJ (likely a relative of his mother's). He had also changed his first name to "Davis."

When he enlisted, on January 31, 1941, his occupation was listed in the category of "salesmen, to consumers." Davis was eventually assigned to the Signal Company Special as a supply clerk, and saw service in Europe with the unit during the war.

He was discharged from the Army on August 28, 1945 with the rank of T/5 and returned to Staten Island. On May 4, 1946 he married Rose Hulnick whose father was a delicatessen proprietor. The 1950 census lists Davis as proprietor of a delicatessen; Rose's father had died that year, so it's likely that Davis took over her father's business.

Little else is known of his life or work. Later in life he moved to Deerfield Beach, FL; there he married Harriet Greenfield on October 15, 1975.

He died on July 27, 1983 and is buried at Star of David Memorial Gardens in North Lauderdale, FL. His gravestone reads "beloved husband and brother," so it's likely he and Rose had no children.


1910 birth certificate

1915 New York state census

1920 census

1925 New York state census

1930 census

1940 census

1940 future wife's census record

1940 draft card

1941 enlistment record

1945 article from the Staten Island Advance showing him being discharged from the Army

1946 marriage record (1st marriage)

1950 census

1975 Florida marriage index (2nd marriage)*1m48wak*_ga*MTAyNTE2MjQyOS4xNjc0NjQ5Nzg0*_ga_4QT8FMEX30*MTY3NDY0OTc4Mi4xLjEuMTY3NDY1MTU1Mi44LjAuMA..*_ga_B2YGR3SSMB*YjJhMjg0ZDItNDA2My00YTFjLTk1ZTEtYzY3NzgyOTI2MmIzLjE0LjEuMTY3NDY1MTU1Mi45LjAuMA..

1983 VA death record

1983 Florida death index*bmcqw8*_ga*MTAyNTE2MjQyOS4xNjc0NjQ5Nzg0*_ga_4QT8FMEX30*MTY3NDY0OTc4Mi4xLjEuMTY3NDY1MTI3NS41OS4wLjA.*_ga_B2YGR3SSMB*YjJhMjg0ZDItNDA2My00YTFjLTk1ZTEtYzY3NzgyOTI2MmIzLjE0LjEuMTY3NDY1MTI3Ni41OC4wLjA.

1983 Find a Grave record*150u78z*_ga*MTAyNTE2MjQyOS4xNjc0NjQ5Nzg0*_ga_4QT8FMEX30*MTY3NDY0OTc4Mi4xLjEuMTY3NDY1MTMzNC42MC4wLjA.*_ga_B2YGR3SSMB*YjJhMjg0ZDItNDA2My00YTFjLTk1ZTEtYzY3NzgyOTI2MmIzLjE0LjEuMTY3NDY1MTMzNS41OS4wLjA.

1983 Social Security death index*1ex9wqu*_ga*MTAyNTE2MjQyOS4xNjc0NjQ5Nzg0*_ga_4QT8FMEX30*MTY3NDY0OTc4Mi4xLjEuMTY3NDY1MTQwNi41OC4wLjA.*_ga_B2YGR3SSMB*YjJhMjg0ZDItNDA2My00YTFjLTk1ZTEtYzY3NzgyOTI2MmIzLjE0LjEuMTY3NDY1MTQwNi41OC4wLjA.

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