Roll Call is proud to have Chuck Hodge as our Historian. He is a very humble guy who loves veterans and never wants to be recognized. When he was asked for his bio he talked about his family members more than he did himself, so his bio had to be edited by a Board member to highlight “Chuck!”
Chuck was born in Bryan, Texas. Chuck’s parents were teachers and coaches and his father was the starting tight-end in the late 1940s and early 1950s for the Texas A&M Aggies prior to graduating as an educator.
Chuck lived in Duncanville, TX until the 7th grade and moved thereafter when his mother was obtaining her graduate degree in Florida. They returned to Texas and Chuck graduated from Highland Park High School in 1971 and attended Rice University in Houston, TX on a Track & Field Scholarship. He graduated in 1976 with letters in Baseball and Track & Field. He spent 20 years in Houston working for Weekley Homes and Trammell Crow and moved back to Dallas in 1992 where he was self-employed in Commercial Real Estate.
Chuck began working with a veteran group in 2003 called Happy Warriors and was the Program Director with David Braden until 2014 when David passed away. He compiled a comprehensive call and email list along with histories of most of the Warriors and had his “on-the-job” training in interviewing with the Warriors. He began interviewing veterans around 2004 and has interviewed approximately around 1,300 to date. Chuck has a number of principles with regard to his volunteerism in interviewing veterans that he strictly adheres to: (1) he never takes or accepts money from veterans nor will he ever benefit monetarily from his interviews with veterans; (2) he will not use social media or fundraising apps such as GoFundMe to accept money from veterans; (3) he will never publish the interviews he’s conducted on the Internet; (4) all interviews are completely private; (5) every veteran receives a free copy of the video interview to share with family to preserve this historical information; (6) all interviews are conducted in person, not over the phone. This is Chuck’s way of giving back to veterans and their families.
Chuck has quite a collection of WWII books; he’s read over 400 and those written by a veteran are autographed and he plans on donating his collection to a suitable entity. He also has purchased various different WWII prints that veterans have signed and have been donated. He has donated four to the Frontiers of Flight Museum, three to the University of Texas at Dallas, two to the 2nd Air Division in Norwich, England, one at Boxted Air Field in England and one in Picauville, France. Chuck has been married to his wife Lisa for 34 years. They were married in Yoakum, Texas by Justice of the Peace, Bill McGill in February 1983. Thereception was at a roadside park in Shiner, Texas with her two friends. They spent one night at the Galvez Hotel and the next day both of them were back to work. His wife has family with strong military background so they both have a love for this type of history. Her father was in the 104th Infantry Division and received a Bronze star. She had two uncles in the 8thAir Force who were shot down and were POWs. Chuck and Lisa will attend their 14th D-Day ceremonies in 2019 in Normandy.
Chuck recently received the George Bledsoe Preservation Award from Abilene Christian University. The Bledsoe Award is presented to those individuals who have made significant contributions to the preservation of WWII military aviation history.