Charles Ervin Johnston, served in two World Wars

Charles (”Charlie”) Ervin Johnston of Brocton was born on Oct. 17, 1897, in Reynoldsville, Pa.

He enlisted in the Marine Corps during World War I and was to be sent to Europe. While on the gangplank of the troop ship, he was accidentally knocked off and broke his leg. Subsequently, most of his unit was killed in the Battle of Belleau Wood.

After the war, Charlie married Thelma Gunns from Reynoldsville and a son was born, Charles William (“Chuck”) Johnston.

Charlie worked for the Railway Express and was again called up during World War II, this time to manage a warehouse. He received the rank of staff sergeant at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

The family moved to North Carolina until the end of the war. Charlie then went back to the Railway Express and the family moved to Erie, Pa., before making their home in Brocton.

Not too many men could say they served during both world wars!