Charles "Charlie" Frank Brekke
June 10, 2020
Charles "Charlie" Frank Brekke passed away peacefully on June 3, 2020, at the age of 86.
Charlie was born on June 29, 1933, in Chinook, Mont., to Knute and Doris (Allen) Brekke and was the oldest of 10 children. After growing up in Harlem, he graduated from Harlem High School in 1951 and enlisted in the US Airforce in December of the same year. After boot camp, he was assigned to the 17th bomber wing of the 34th bomber squadron as an Airman 2nd Class. He went on to serve as a gunner on the B-29 Superfortress, which was shot down in the middle of the night over North Korea on February 4,...