Charles E. Ellis OCTOBER 21, 1922 – NOVEMBER 10, 2014 Charles E. Ellis Obituary - Jacksonville Beach, FL LTJG (Ret) Charles (Chuck) E. Ellis, 92, went to be with his Lord and Savior on November 10, 2014. He was the son of the late Edwin and Morena Ellis, born on Cape Cod October 21, 1922. After graduating high school, Chuck enlisted in the United States Navy. He was assigned to the USS Pennsylvania during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Following that, he went to military flight school and boarded the USS Wilkes Barre where he was responsible for several successful search and rescue missions. He was also in Tokyo Harbor during the emperor's surrender. He was stationed in places such as Rhode Island, Virginia, Maryland, Cuba, California, and Ecuador. While stationed in Alameda, CA Chuck flew a helicopter to the “North Pole” to pick up Santa Claus and bring him back to the base to the delight of the military children for a Christmas visit. After his retirement from active military service, he flew charter planes throughout the Bahamas. He then piloted executive planes for Food Fair and Pantry Pride in Florida. He started running at age 62 5k and other races for 23 years in the Jacksonville vicinity. Until his death, he was a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Fleet Reserve Member, and active in neighborhood community and his church. He is preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Audrey C. Ellis. The Ellis’ lived in Hollywood, Florida from 1962 to 1974 then made the Jacksonville/Ponte Vedra Beach area their home from 1974 to the present. He leaves to behind a brother on Cape Cod, two daughters, Jane Duncan of St. Augustine Fl. And Bonnie B. Wissink of Gaithersburg MD., 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Nov. 22, 2014 at 11am at Hope Community Church 1710 Kernan Blvd N, Jacksonville, FL 32225. (904) 646-0559 In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Great Commission Fund of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Colorado Springs, CO. HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, FL. other info from the book page 125, title: Enlisted Naval Aviation Pilots 1916-1981 CAP/LTJG Charles (Chuck) E. Ellis USN (retired) was born in Brewster, Ma on October 21, 1922. After graduating from High School he enlisted in the Navy on October 22nd 1940. Following recruit training in Newport, RI. he was ordered to the USS Pennsylvania and was aboard at the time the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Upon leaving the battleship aviation unit in late 1942 he entered flight training as an aviation cadet, becoming a Naval aviator, commissioned in September 1943. His first tour of duty was aboard the light cruiser Wilkes-Barre and a war tour of the Western Pacific. After many catapult shots & water landings, and taking part in several rescue missions and spotting naval gunfire, he finished the war in Tokyo Bay. After being released to inactive duty in 1947 he resigned his Reserve Commission and reenlisted in the Navy as an enlisted pilot (CAP). After various tours of duty and a final tour with the Naval Mission to Ecuador he retired at NAS Norfolk, VA. on Oct. 25th 1960. After leaving the Navy, corporate flying was the order of the day and after 40 years of flying and 18,000 hours, he finally retired for good.