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Charles W. Aiken collection

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2004 Box 8 (04.0264-04.0310), Folder: 04.0304 - Folder 1
Identifier: 04.0304

Content Description

This collection relates to Charles Aiken who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the European Theater of Operation during World War Two. This collection contains a newspaper clipping and an oral history transcript.


  • Other: Date accessioned: 2005-01-19
  • Event: Majority of material found within 1943-1945


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical / Historical

Charles William Aiken was born on October 18, 1920 in Pelzer, South Carolina. He served in the 9th U.S. Air Force division, 644th Bomb Squadron, and 410th Bomb Group in the European Theater of Operation during World War II. He served in France and Germany and flew 38 missions over Austria, Germany, and Czechoslovakia. His squadron received the Presidential Unit Citation. He returned to the U.S. in 1945 and started the Aiken Brother’s Automotive Supply and Aiken Chemical Company in Greenville, South Carolina. In 1959, he established Boys of America Home (later called Boys Home of the South) for boys who had been abandoned, neglected, abused, or orphaned. Charles Aiken passed away on March 4, 2006 at the age of 85. He is buried at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Greenville, South Carolina.


1 folders (1 folder)

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Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.


Charles W. Aiken collection
Beatrice Dain
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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