From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Charles Reimann '38

Date of birth: February 6, 1915

Date of death: March 8, 1942

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1938 Lucky Bag:


From the Greensburg Daily News on Monday, March 16, 1942, via Find A Grave:

MEMORIAL FOR LIEUT. REIMANN Private Services Held at Shelbyville As Navy Holds "Lost At Sea" Service

Shelbyville, Ind., March 16 -- With virtually all hope of recovering his body gone, members of the family of Lieut. Charles J. Reimann Saturday afternoon held brief memorial services here at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H. Wallace Reimann, 40 W. Pennsylvania street. Lieut. Reimann was killed last Sunday in the crash of a huge Catalina flying boat at Tongue Point, Ore.

And as loved ones at home paid final tribute to the widely known Shelbyville athlete, his comrades-at-arms at the Tongue Point naval Air Station took part in a simultaneous funeral ceremony, the simple but impressive "Lost At Sea" service which is traditional with the Navy. Arrangements for the simultaneous services were made by the Reimann family and naval officials Friday afternoon.

SERVICES PRIVATE The services here were for members of the immediate family and Dr. C.A. Bowler, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, officiated. There was no funeral sermon, no eulogy. The brief ceremony was built around a few poems which "Chuck" Reimann, as his hundreds of friends knew him, had liked especially in his high school and naval academy days.

The young naval officer's widow, the former Miss Barbara Watson, arrived here earlier in the week to be with other members of the family, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ross Watson, of Pensacola, Fla., arrived Saturday to attend the memorial service.

Although the services were of a private nature, a brief memorial ceremony in honor of Lieut. Heimann was held Sunday morning at the Frist Presbyterian church.

Chuck is buried in Indiana.

The navigator was the only member of the crew who survived the crash, which occurred during takeoff.

From naval aviation historian Richard Leonard via email on February 9, 2018:

  • Date of rank LTJG from 1 Jul 1941 USN Register, 6/2/1941
  • VP-41 PatWing4 NAS Tongue Point KIFA, 3/8/1942

Class of 1938

Charles is one of 71 members of the Class of 1938 on Virtual Memorial Hall.