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Although this website is not about me and my family, this one page is. 

I was born in San Diego, California, and am a graduate of the University of Southern California.  I taught in Japan for 18 years.  My wife is from Sapporo, Japan, is a wonderful mother and a great cook.  Our son was born in January of 2000.  Chas and I enjoy snorkeling, swimming, tennis, archery, and playing computer simulations together.

I am an eleventh-generation American, and through the assistance of the Hinman Family Association, we can trace our roots back to about 1620.  My father and brother were career Naval Officers, but I was never in the Service.

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, located on the shores of Pearl Harbor and adjacent to the Arizona Memorial Visitor Center, has been my place of employment since 1995.  My duties include visiting schools and giving presentations on the history and science of submarines.

In 2008, I was honored by the Commander Submarine Force, U. S. Pacific Fleet, with a citation for service to the submarine community.

COMSUBPAC Citation (small)
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In 2010, I received the Ben Bastura Historical Achievement Award from U. S. Submarine Veterans, Inc.

Ben Bastura Award Presentation
Charles (left) and Dave Follo, Commander, Bowfin Base, USSVI


In 2017 the Naval History & Heritage Command published this on the Introduction page of their section on United States Submarine Losses in World War II:

The Naval History and Heritage Command gratefully acknowledges Charles R. Hinman, Director of Education & Outreach, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park; and Paul W. Wittmer, a World War II submarine veteran and author, for their research and suggestions for updating the 1963 edition of this book. Sources consulted by Hinman and Wittmer include:

(1) individual personnel files for each of the 3,628 men lost on US submarines in World War II, located at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri;

(2) US Navy Casualty Lists, Book 11, pp. #2042 - #2152, Submarine War Patrols, Pacific - 7 December 1941 to 2 September 1945, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland;

(3)  Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)  list at http://www.dpaa.mil/OurMissing/WorldWarII/ServicePersonnelNotRecoveredFollowingWWII.aspx;
(4)  muster rolls of each submarine, whenever applicable and available from NARA, College Park, Maryland, and

(5) U. S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945, available online at Ancestry.com. 



Finally, the little Japanese character (Ryo, meaning "cheerful") on the bottom right corner of the pages of this website is my son's middle name.


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