Charles D. Mohrle

April 12, 1921May 7, 2013

Charles D. Mohrle was born April 12, 1921 in Oklahoma City to Charles A. Mohrle and Anne Downey Mohrle of Kansas City; passed away at his home in Dallas on Tuesday, May 7th at the age of 92. Charlie spent most of his youth in Galveston, Texas, where he graduated from Kirwin High School. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 1 in Galveston and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended the first National Boy Scout Jamboree in Washington, DC in 1937. He was attending UT Austin when he responded to the attack on Pearl Harbor, by volunteering for the Army Air Corps in February 1942. After completion of basic flight training he was one of the original pilots assigned to the 510th Fighter Squadron, part of the 405th Fighter Group in South Carolina, which entered combat in Christchurch, England in 1943. He completed 97 combat missions flying a P-47 and was highly decorated. Among other recognition, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross and 16 Air Medals. He flew over the beaches of Normandy on D-Day and his Squadron was personally recognized by George S Patton for its support of the Third Army in France. Following his military service he rejoined his family in Dallas and worked in the property and casualty insurance business where he met his future wife, Dorothy Onley. They were married in 1948 at Cathedral Guadalupe. Charlie entered a new career as a commercial artist, studio owner, and ultimately partner in a local advertising agency. He was active in both professional and community organizations, serving as the president of the Advertising Artists Association. He was an active Boy Scout volunteer, serving in many capacities including as Scoutmaster of Troop 43, and was one of the first Explorer Scout Advisers. He drafted the first manual for the organization and operation of an Explorer Post and he was recognized by Circle Ten Council and the National BSA Council for his volunteer service with the Silver Beaver Award. He served on the financial committee at Cathedral Guadalupe, as well as the committee tasked with supervising the renovation of the Cathedral. After his retirement he became a volunteer docent at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, where for the past 15 years he has been a fixture, passing along his love of aviation and his WW II experience to thousands of visitors each year. He was a founding member of the 510th Fighter Squadron Association, and created much of the artwork in its history book of WW II. A Fourth Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the P-47 Pilots Association, The Military Order of The World Wars, and The Quiet Birdmen.

Preceded in death by Dorothy, his wife of 54 years, his two younger brothers, Marion (Mickey), and wife Delois, and John, he is survived by his sister in law Dorothy, his son Charles, daughter in law Barbara, grandson Christopher, and six nieces and nephews. Charlie has “Flown West”, but he lived his life with dignity, respect for others, and service to his community. During his life he influenced countless people in positive ways and while he is greatly missed, his spirit and example remains. The family wishes to express its gratitude to his personal physician, to doctors and nurses at Presbyterian Dallas Hospital, and to the home hospice staff for their skill and kindness. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to The Frontiers of Flight Museum, to Circle Ten Council, or to the Dallas Rotary Club Foundation. The Rosary will be 7:00 p.m., Sunday, May 12, 2013 in the Chapel of Sparkman/Crane Funeral Home,, led by Deacon Charles Stump. The Funeral Mass is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 13, 2013 at The Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, 2215 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas, Rev. Rodolfo Garcia, celebrant. Entombment Calvary Hill Mausoleum, 3235 Lombardy Lane, Dallas, Texas. Pallbearers are Jeff Bosque, Jan Collmer, David Giles, Aaron Kaufman, Neil Teitelman and John Trujillo.

Arrangements entrusted to Sparkman/Crane Funeral Home 10501 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218 (214-327-8291)


  • Rosary Sunday, May 12, 2013
  • The Funeral Mass Monday, May 13, 2013

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Jean Bollinger

February 12, 2014

For me, listening to Captain Mohrle's P-47 presentation came via "The Veteran Tales Project." Thankfully we have his story to treasure and pass on. It was my privilege to wear the Presidential Unit Citation he and the 510th FG, 8th USAF won as a crew chief with the 510th TFS years later.

Robert Tate

August 20, 2013

A second entry from me...I've posted on FB a youtube video of Charles giving his lecture, and I've been encouraging people to watch it. While talking abut that video to a friend, I told her this: I never tired of listening to him. And the great part was so many of the folks who were also listening(at the museum), were young people; those kids hung on every word, and when Charlie was done they clustered around him, taking pictures and getting hugs. I think those kids were just starving for "the real thing", and Charlie gave that to them. Charles WAS the real thing.

Robert Tate

August 19, 2013

I was fortunate enough to have met Mr. Mohrle several years ago at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field. When the Collings Foundation would fly their warbirds in I was always there to see them...and I always stayed to listen to Mr. Mohrle's lecture on life as a P-47 pilot in WWII Europe.

I'm going to miss you Mr. Mohrle. Thank you for your service to our country.

Heather Dickie

June 26, 2013

I met Charlie at the Frontiers of Flight Museum's Beat The Heat event in July 2012. I was researching ideas for marketing of the Museum's Living History program and was told his story was "not to be missed." I thought I'd spend 15 minutes with Charlie, then move on. Forty-five minutes later I came back to the present. Charlie had taken me into his P-47 and we'd been flying missions over France and Germany. It was an incredible experience. That is how I met and knew Charlie, as one of the storytellers at the Museum.

Waldo Martin

June 18, 2013

Charlie was my neighbor for nine years and I was proud to count him as a friend. When my wife, son and I moved moved into our first home, he was the first person on the street to introduce himself. From then on, whenever we needed a helping hand or some practical advice, Charlie was there for us. In the mornings, he would always come out his front door to raise our nation's flag. At sundown, he would come out again to roll it back up for the next day. It was a gesture that left no doubt of his deep and heartfelt patriotism. Being a student of World War II history, I was lucky to hear first-hand accounts of his experiences, always in his humble but straightforward manner. In 2001, we made a trip to Normandy and were able to visit many of the places he had talked to us about, including the little town where his squadron had been stationed after the invasion. We brought him back the pictures and he seemed truly moved. It was our small way of honoring his service. We will always remember him. Rest in peace, Charlie.

Joe Milkes

May 13, 2013


I was very sorry to read about your dad's passing. My sincere condolences.

Lynnora Ratliff

May 12, 2013

Charlie and Dottie were the first
to visit me when I moved onto their street in 2000. We became friends, and they were
the personification of "good neighbors". Charlie taught us about real courage, wisdom and charity in both word and deed. It has been an honor to know him.

Susan Blackburn

May 12, 2013

Charlie and Dottie were the first people I met when I moved on my block across the street from them. They were delightful and I counted them as true friends. I spent many hours walking across the street just to visit with them - they were full of life. When Dottie dies in 2001, Charlie kept walking a life full of dignity and still giving to his community. He truly served his country and his stories of all that he went through were amazing. I miss him so much already - he was a true hero and a man who took interest in so many people and treated all with respect - he will be missed by so many. He led a life that should be immulated.

Susan Blackburn

Michael Litvin Jr

May 9, 2013

Charlie was a special person who just loved to tell his story as a Fighter Pilot in WW II at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. When I would give tours and have my group stop at Charlie's, he was always happy to see them and tell them his story. Many times I would have the people get up and give him a hug with tears in their eyes. Charlie you will be missed by everyone at the Frontiers of Flight Museum.

May 9, 2013

Charlie, Marilyn and I met at the Frontiers of Flight Museum several years ago. Charlie had a positive influence on many, many people...he could be direct and to the point. Charlie encouraged me to play Wiley Post, the famous aviator. Post was Charlie's hero as a kid. Charlie gave me information about Post that is used in my Living History portrayal at FOFM.

The best phone call Marilyn, Charlie and I had was on Saturday, May 4, 2013.

We love you Charlie,

Tim and Marilyn