Sgt. Charles F. Goyette, Assistant Radio Operator and Gunner
Charlie is survived by two daughters, Gladys Marie Barnaby and Jeannette Stoudt, one son, Charles, one sister, Dorothy Hatch, as well as six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Charles Goyette was born on July 17, 1915 to Gordon and Josephine Goyette. He was their first child with five more to follow: Mary Grace, Josephine, Gordon Jr., Gerard, and Dorothy. His father, Gordon Sr. was born in Canada, but the family settled in Josephine's home town of Detroit. They were Catholic, and Charles attended Holy Redeemer High School. Holy Redeemer was founded in 1882 and eventually closed in 2005 after 123 years of operation. Charles was very involved at Holy Redeemer. He served as an altar boy and in the Senior Acolytical Society, where members took on even more church related duties. Charles also participated in football, basketball, and baseball.
Josephine above, on the right, on September 4, 1927. Charles would have been 12 years old at the time.
On February 12, 1942, at the age of 27, Charles enlisted in the Army at Fort Custer in Michigan to join the fight in World War II. Previous to enlisting, he had been working in the field of automobile manufacturing. Charles holds his nephew, Vincent Hurley (picture left). They spent many decades together enjoying different activities and each others' company. Vincent died in 2016.
Charles married Gladys Laminor (middle) on January 15, 1944, in Detroit. Cousin Jim (left) and brother Gerard (right) were present for the ceremony.
Charles (left), cousin Jim Grimshaw (middle), and brother Gerard (right) who served in the Navy. Gerard passed away in February, 2017.
Probably taken in Peyote, Texas, "Sir Charles" has his serious face on, even if his note to his wife Gladys on the back of the picture says he shouldn't have. The family still has the bomber jacket he wore that day.
Another serious picture of Charlie at his waist gunner position - missing Gladys.
Gordon Goyette, one of Charles' younger brothers, served in the Navy, and after the war, he devoted much of his time to organizations for children and the underprivileged.
Above - Charlie's medals as referenced in the newspaper article. The number of missions flown in the article is incorrect, though - the required number for a tour of duty was 25, although some airmen did more than one tour. According to family stories Charlie told over the years about his war experiences, he said that on several missions his eyes froze over due to the temperature and length of the mission.
My favorite picture of Charlie;
he had a great smile.
Charles' mother, Josephine, died in 1980 at the age of 92 leaving 58 grandchildren covering three generations.
Charles' wife Gladys passed away in 1976, and Charles (or Grandpa G to his grandchildren) died in 1987. They are survived by three children.