Chuck Steinman

[30 APR 1932 - K1 - 20395 - 14 MAY 2010]

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I Am One of the Wounded



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Chuck Steinman K-1 Artillery-Ordnance Wheeling - WV
After BIOC and Jump school - I was assigned to the Nike Site at Bristol - PA (1955- 58). Next - I completed the Field Artillery Officer Course and went to the 2nd Artillery in Baumholder - Germany. I transferred to the Ordnance Corps in 1962 - completed Ordnance Officers Advanced Course - and subsequently was assigned to the 1st Army. After completing an MBA program (Kent State) in 1965 - I completed the Logistics Management Course and was designated a 'Career Logistician.' Next came a tour in Vietnam; a Cameron Station assignment (VA) followed. I was Deputy Commander - Army Depot - Kaiserslautern (until 1976). While waiting to become the Director of Maintenance and Engineering for the Missile Command - I was offered a potentially lucrative opportunity in the business world. I was torn between my love for the Army and getting my three children into college. I chose the business offer; it went sour in less than six months. I then took employment in Saudi Arabia until 1987. I returned to the U. S. to become CFO of West Virginia Northern Community College - retiring in 1995. My West Point training gave me a guiding principle: If you always give your best and inspire others to give their best - you will succeed.


[50th Reunion Bio]



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Chuck Steinman was assigned to D Battery, 506th Missile Btn., PH-15, which was in Bristol PA, and was one of 12 Nike Ajax surface to air missile defense system bases surrounding Philadelphia. - 1956,



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Nike launch pad in Philadelphia area. Housing for Nike assigmed married personnel was in Levittown PA, which can be seen in the distance.

Milt Shefter recalls, "I was assigned to the Philadelphia Air Defense Command and Battery D at Bristol, PA right from Nike school at Ft. Bliss, Texas. I spend most of my time in the missile tracking area, preparing crews for the test firings at Red Canyon (White Sands, NM) firing range. One anecdote: When I first arrived and had to sign for the base equipment (as Supply Officer) I signed for an inventory of 22 Ajax missiles. Just before a General inspection by the Battalion Commander, I did a physical inventory and found I was missing a missile. On a 2nd Lt.'s pay, it would have taken me a few lifetimes to pay it off! I immediately started looking for missing records, assuming it might have been sent back to Ordinance. Nothing. After two sleepless nights, I realized the crew has dis-assembled a missile and put all the parts into spare parts inventory. All I needed to find was a tail piece with a serial number on it. When I did, I gathered the missile crew and gave them the six hours before inspection (overnight) to re-assemble it. They did it and we passed inspection. More importantly, I didn't have to account for an embarrassing missing missile.

"Only married ones were allowed to live off base. Others were required to live on-base, in the enlisted men's barracks other Bachelor Officers Quarters. At one time I was the only "single" officer and I basically filled in for the married officers as Officer on Duty when they had domestic issues and needed to be home. I also allowed them to leave whenever I returned to the base so they didn't have to stay overnight. Both the Captain and Lt. Steinman really appreciated that.

"We ran constant exercises, mostly in the middle of the night. We'd get our original plots of "incoming aircraft from Alaska or New Foundland. One night, I noted the plot was not an advance (like over Boston or Canada) but was basically over Philadelphia. I requested a verification and when I got it, the observer asked "what's the problem?" I answered that the aircraft position was overhead. He asked "So what? I said "What am I supposed to do?" He answered: "Duck?".

"Warrington was Battalion Hdq. We got the Hercules at Bristol. Typical Army fashion, the A- frame supporting the Hercules was too high to fit into our Missile Assembly (repair) building. Our engineering Sgt. wasn't cleared to go inside, so when a generator went down, he had to give instructions from outside the fence. The guard dogs were really to keep our unauthorized soldiers from getting in, and they were so vicious, they had to be entered into the walkway/dog run on opposite sides of the area otherwise they'd go after each other. When the dogs were shipped to us, they arrived without handlers (who took vacation/leave) on the way to Bristol. The supply Sgt. had to feed them by pushing metal plates of food into their cages. They were NOT pet-like.

"Just one more so I don't bore you. Another bachelor officer had two dogs that became our mascots. They were brindle Great Danes. They were also natural hunters. Now remember, we were supposedly a fenced and secured 44 acre missile site. A neighboring farmer kept calling and complaining that he was losing chickens to some dogs and claimed they were our guard dogs. On one call, as the Duty Officer, I explained that our guard dogs were trained German Shepherds and were kept locked up or in a perimeter fenced area. During that conversation, I suddenly looked down and saw one of our pet mascot Great Danes stride across the driveway with a chicken in his mouth He didn't kill it, just carried it around as if it was a toy. What's worse is that we never found out where in the entire fence line the Great Danes were getting in and out!

"During the huge snowstorm of '58, the local Bristol hospital lost power and had some patients on lung machines. Cpl. George Nadeau and I took an army truck with a plow, opened the entrance to the hospital and then hooked up an emergency generator. George was the real hero as the plow blade struck some bricks in the driveway and sheared off. We wired it back on, returned to the base and he welded the bolt back on, then we returned to the hospital to complete hooking up the generator. We returned several times to keep adding fuel to the generator until the hospital got its own power back on." - 1956



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NY Herald Tribune
[8 JUN 1955]



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NY Herald Tribune
[8 JUN 1955]



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Martha and Chuck Steinman
[USMA Wedding - 7 JUN 1955]



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Martha and Chuck Steinman
[USMA Wedding - 7 JUN 1955]



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Martha and Chuck Steinman
[USMA Wedding - 7 JUN 1955]



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Bridal Party
[USMA Wedding - 7 JUN 1955]



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Declaration of Intention
[USMA Wedding - 7 JUN 1955]



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Excerpt from USMA Chapel Records
[USMA Wedding - 7 JUN 1955]



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The Marriage Service
[USMA Wedding - 7 JUN 1955]



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Wedding Announcement and Reception
[USMA Wedding - 7 JUN 1955]



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Wedding Congratulstions from Mamie Eisenhower
[USMA Wedding - 7 JUN 1955]



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K-1 Firsties - 1st Row: Skaff - Raynal - Joe Franklin - Rich Miller - Knieriem - Wayne Smith - Law - 2nd Row: Torrence (CO) - Steinman - Napier - Brunstein - McWilliams - 3rd Row: Guthrie - Hock - Livesay - Pettet - Ed Anderson - 4th Row: Jerry Hawkins - Funkhouser - Fleming (Absent: Gransback)



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Martha Bartolovic
[c1954]



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1953 Goat Team
[Goats 13 - Engineers 7]

2nd Row: ? - Major 'Irregardless' Smith - Stern - ? - Herren - Coleman - Dilts x55 - Wilkinson - Patton - Doyle - McGrevey - Ewing - ? - Strati - ? - C. Martin - ? - Steinman - Lowry - John Miller - West - Gunderson - Quinn - Whittaker - Napier - Pace - Nidever - 1st Row: Hall - Greer - Trobaugh - Woodruff x55 - Auger - Gransback - Nichols - W. Smith - George Smith x55 - C. Johnson



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Rich Miller - Knieriem - Joe Franklin - Steinman
[1953]



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Rear: Pettet - Guthrie - McWilliams - Steinman - Law - Hock - Raynal - Front: Ed Anderson - Livesay - W. Smith - Capt. Adams - Knieriem - Torrence [USAF Trip - 1953]



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Charles Steinman
[Camp Buckner - 1952]



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1st Platoon, 7th Company
[Camp Buckner 1952]



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Gransback - Steinman - Guthrie - ?
[c1952]



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Charles Steinman and Don Gransback
[c1952]



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Charles Steinman and his mother
[c1951]



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Charles Steinman
[1951]



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Charles Steinman
[c1949]



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Charles Steinman
[c1933]



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2015 AOG Online Register
(Updated JUL 2019)

Charles A. Steinman Cullum No: 20395 Class of: 1955 Born: WV Appointment: Branch: Arty-Ord Date of Death: May 14, 2010 (View Memorial Article) History: 20395 Charles Augustus Steinman B-WV: Arty-Ord: 2Arty 60-62: TOS 63: Hq1Ar 63-65 [CM]: MBA Kent 66: HqMACV 67-68 [BSM]: HqDSA 68-71 [JSCM]: CO MntPlant Ger 71 (DCO Dep 72-76): Dir Mnt MICOM 76: Ret 77 COL: PjtMgr FE Basil Co 78-82: FiscalMgr McDonnell Douglas Svcs SArabia 83-87: Dir BsnsSvcs WVNo Community College 87: D - Pittsburgh, PA 14May10 a-78: Ob-2011 July TAPS

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Charles Augustus Steinman

Charles Augustus Steinman was born on 30 April 1932 in Benwood, West Virginia. He was appointed to West Point from the 41st Congressional District of West Virginia and entered on 3 July 1951. He was in Company K1 and was a Cadet Lieutenant and platoon leader his first class year. He graduated on 7 Jun 1955 and was commissioned in the US Army in the Field Artillery.


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Date sent: Sat, 01 SEP 2007 11:42:21,0500
To: Business Net 'usma55bus@west-point.org', SQ 'usma1955-c1@west-point.org"
From: Carl H McNair 'cmcnair2@csc.com' (by way of w 'wwelter@cox.net')
Subject: usma55bus: Chuck Steinman,- seriously ill

Martha Steinman Wrote:

Dear Carl,

I don't have the address for the proper forum but found yours and am asking that you please forward my message so that other 55ers know that Charles is seriously ill and in need of prayer. Also, I need all the moral support possible.

On August 20th, Charles had a massive hemorrhagic stroke. I was told that he had hours to live. He has amazed the doctors. His courage and his will to fight are astounding. Since then, there have been many complications. Our latest threat has been a new bleed from which he has developed a chemical meningitis. I should mention that he has also been battling pneumonia, a blood clot in his arm that cannot be treated because of the bleed in his head, and a widely vacillating blood pressure and heart rate.

His treatment is complex. Think of balancing a ball on the head of a pin,- and the pin is wobbling. Now,- imagine that scenario while balancing six or more of those pins and balls at the same time. So, please, I ask for you and all of the 55ers to pray. We desperately need prayer.

I know that Charles would not want anyone else to suffer as he has and would want me to tell you that his doctors believe this stroke was caused by Plavix. If any of you are on Plavix, for your own future health, review your meds with your doctor and consider Plavix for only the shortest time possible. The percentage of such events is supposed to be small,- but,- when you are the one suffering,- it's 100 percent.

Carl, thank you for taking care of this for me. I greatly appreciate it. My deepest gratitude for everyone's prayers. Usually, I sleep in a chair, beside his bed, holding his hand which means that that I am not home to send messages. Last night, my daughter took my place giving me a chance to get some real rest and to send this message. Whenever possible, I will send updates.

Blessings to all,
Martha Steinman


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Col. Charles A. Steinman, USA, Retired

Col. Charles A. Steinman, USA, Retired, of the Mt. Olivet area of Wheeling, passed away just two weeks after his 78th birthday, at Kindred Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. His family was at his bedside.

Born in Benwood, WV, on April 30, 1932, Charles was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Celeste Ann, and his parents, Herbert Charles and Eleanor Anna Faulstick Steinman.

Charles' wife, the former Martha Bartolovic, his three children: Charles A. II (wife, Celinda) of San Diego, CA; Dr. Sharon L. of Pittsburgh, PA; and Ellen Donnert (husband, Dieter) of Lebanon, TN; as well as his brothers: Fred of Ashville, NC; Herb of Lebanon, MO; and Jack of Madison, AL, all survive him. He was blessed with eight grandchildren, one great grandson, two step-grandchildren and two step-great grandchildren.

A graduate of Union High School in Benwood, Charles' academic achievement earned him an appointment to the United States Military Academy, at West Point, where he received a bachelor's degree in military science in 1955. After first serving as an airborne artillery officer, he then served in the U. S. Army Ordnance Corps until 1977, attaining the rank of Colonel.

Receiving a master's degree from Kent State University, in 1967, Charles was elected to membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, an honorary society for excellence in business administration. Among his military decorations are the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.

While on active duty, Charles' assignments included two tours in Germany and one in Viet Nam (where he was exposed to Agent Orange). After 22 years, he retired from military service and joined Frank E. Basil, Inc., and later, McDonnell Douglas Services, both in Saudi Arabia. Returning to the United States in 1987, Charles made his home in Wheeling where he assumed the position of Director of Business Services at West Virginia Northern Community College, serving on the Board of Trustees for many years.

A man of many interests, Charles was an award winning amateur photographer and had a special interest in high fidelity electronics. After his retirement from WVNCC, he built computers for his family and was always available to neighbors and friends to solve their computer problems. In addition, he became a respected genealogist--greatly expanding work previously accomplished by his son.

During his life, Charles was an honest, though modest man, who carried himself with dignity in all of his activities. Always ready to give credit and support to those who worked above him, with him, and for him, he was an inspirational leader who earned the admiration and devotion of those around him. In business, he was a master trouble shooter, willing to tackle problems others found too difficult. Yet, throughout it all, including his disabling illness, he maintained a marvelous sense of humor. Always treating others with consideration and kindness, even his private language was above reproach. Charles never smoked and rarely drank anything more than wine which he enjoyed with dinner. He gained such knowledge of wines that he even conducted wine tastings. To his last breath, he remained completely in love with his sweetheart of over 55 years.

A Lutheran, Charles' services will be held on August 26, 2010, 9:00 a.m., at the Ft. Meyer Chapel, Arlington, Virginia, followed by a full military honors ceremony and burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Everyone attending is invited to a reception and luncheon at the Ft. Meyer Officers' Club

To say that Charles is greatly missed by his family, his friends, and his Jack Russell, Caesar, is an understatement of inestimable proportions. His family agrees with an early American tombstone inscription, 'It is a fearsome thing to love what death can touch."


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