Charles Fernley Fawcett

Charles Fernley Fawcett

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Charles Fernley Fawcett (2 December 1915 – 3 February 2008) was a wrestler, resistance worker, soldier, airman, film star, film maker, and co-founder of the International Medical Corps. He was a recipient of the French Croix de Guerre and the American Eisenhower medal.

Early life

Charles Fernley Fawcett was born in Waleska, Georgia, where his mother had been caught in a snow storm and died when he was six. His family was of old Virginian stock, whose family tree included Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Having been orphaned at an early age, Fawcett and his younger brother and two sisters grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, in the care of their aunt.Here he attended Greenville high school for three years where he learned to wrestle and play American football.

Aged 15, Fawcett became involved in an affair with his best friend's mother. He remarked "If that's child molestation, I would wish this curse on every young boy." The end of the affair made Fawcett contemplate suicide, and he left the United States to travel to the far East, working his passage on a number of steamships.

By 1937 he had returned to America, and Fawcett stayed for a time in New York, before making his way to Washington D. C., where he...
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