WAXAHACHIE — The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 1191 recognized World War II veteran Charles Atchley during its most recent meeting.
The meeting, held Tuesday, July 11 at Ryan's Buffet in Waxahachie, was the regular monthly get together held by the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) that services Ellis and Navarro Counties. The resolution, submitted by Texas State Rep. John Wray, memorialized Atchley's WWII service.
The resolution states Atchley was a native of Allen, Texas where he played sports and competed in Golden Gloves. After graduating from high school in 1943, he enlisted in the U. S. Army and completed training in field artillery at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. After basic, he deployed to Europe with A Company, 290th Regiment, 75th Infantry Division. Atchley saw action at the Battle of the Bulge and took part in the capture of Colmar, France.
He suffered severe frostbite requiring hospitalization. Atchley was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge and was presented the French Legion of Honor in 2013. He received a special tribute for his wartime service and boxing achievements at the 82nd annual Dallas Golden Gloves regional tournament in January 2017.
NARFE Chap. 1191 covers Ellis, Navarro and adjacent parts of the surrounding counties. Membership in NARFE is open to all active and retired federal employees and their spouses, former federal employees, and former spouses who are entitled to a federal survivor annuity.