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General Information

Name:  Charles Milton Knox  

Pen Name: Chuck Knox

Genre: History Non-Fiction

Born: 1937 in Tuscola, IL



Illinois Connection

I developed a love of history, hearing from my mother stories about a Rebel great grandmother from Kentucky and a Union great grandfather from Illinois who marched with General Sherman.His interest in history grew. He knew veterans from the Spanish-American War, World War I and II. He could see the stories they had to tell were slipping away each year. After his retirement from the University of Illinois he started on journey to preserve some of the history and stories of veterans. This is the third in a series of veteran’s stories. His first work,

The Battle Cry of Freedom, Civil War Veterans from Douglas Co. IL, was followed by

The Sound of Distant Drums

presenting the best of personal interviews, letters, diaries, and family stories.

The Muted Trumpets Call

is a compelation of interviews and stories from World War II veterans, POW's WACs, WAVEs, Navy, Marines, Army and Army AirForce members. Also Memorials and Memorial Day in Douglas County.All books listed can also be purchased at Barnes and and

Biographical and Professional Information

Chuck Knox is a retired Senior Purchasing Officer from the University of Illinois and since his retirement he has pursued his lifelong passion of preserving stories of everyday heroes that saved this country. He has known veterans from the Spanish-American War, World War I and II, Korea and Viet Nam. The Muted Trumpet's Call is the fourth in a series of books on veterans from the Heartland.He was selected Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Department of Illinois, Veterans of Foreign Wars for his work for veterans. He was General Chairman of a fund drive that successfully raised funds and built a county veterans memorial for all veterans in peace and war. He received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Naval Reserve as a Radioman 2 serving 8 years. During this time he served on several WWII destroyers and met many WWII veterans.EDUCATION:• Villa Grove Schools• Illinois Wesleyan University• National Association of Purchasing Managers, Life Purchasing Manager Certificate(C.P.M) PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: • Illinois Secretary of State, Contract Administrator, Springfield, 1985-1987 • University of Illinois, Senior Purchasing Officer, Urbana, 1987-2001 • Chancellor's Distinguished Staff Award, University of Illinois • Manager of the Year, Illinois Association of Public Procurement Officials • COMMNITY SERVICE PAST/ PRESENT:• Douglas County Board Chairman, 2008-2012 • Douglas County Board, 2002-2006 Villa Grove Rotary Club, past President • Township Library, President and Vice President 1973 to date • Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, • Champaign County Civil War Roundtable • Douglas County Veterans Memorial, Chairman • State of Illinois Outstanding Citizen of the Year, for the Department of Illinois Veterans of Foreign Wars, June 22, 2006 • Villa Grove High School Hall of Fame, Inducted May 27, 2006 • Commissioner, Illinois Rural Bond Bank 1999-2004.AUTHOR:The Muted Trumpet's Call, Memories of WWII vets in remembrance that 70 years ago the US entered WWII. Published 2011 Volume I Johnnie Has Gone For A Soldier: The Last Good War, Douglas County Newspapers, 1941-1945. Published 2003Volume II Johnnie Has Gone For A Soldier: The Sound of Distant Drums, Douglas County Area Veteran’s Stories, Civil War through Gulf War. For Camargo Township District Library. Published 2004. Published in an abridged version in paper back in the fall of 2004.EDITOR: Battle Cry of Freedom Douglas Co. Civil War Veterans. For Camargo Township District Library 2002.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Muted Trumpet's Call: Stories of the Everyday Heroes of World War II
ISBN: 1456752170

AuthorHouse. 2011

The stories in The Muted Trumpet's Call are in remembrance of the United State's entry into World War II seventy years ago. Veterans remember Pearl Harbor, the sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the sinking of the USS Pope. These stories tell of the inhumanity and fear in POW camps of the Japanese and Germans, of the up close and personal combat of the soldiers and marines in Europe and the Pacific, of the tension of the sailors on landing craft, and the airmen facing fighters of the enemy and the flak that might take their plane down at any time. They also tell of the wounds that veterans carried home for the rest of their lives, both physical and mental. We also see what WAVES and WACS contributed to the war effort. The stories also include small town newspapers covering the war, the War Memorials in small towns and counties. We go on an Honor Flight to Washington with WWII veterans to visit their memorial and relive the Memorial Days of our lives with veteran's organizations ceremonies at local cemeteries. God Bless them all and God Save the Republic.

The Sound of Distant Drums
ISBN: 1418488011

AuthorHouse. 2005

The Heroes of this book are the veterans and their families whose stories span 140+ years in protecting our country. Their stories are history, filled with the mundane events of service life, the fear of combat, the horror that front line infantrymen faced, the tension that air crews and pilots faced, the vastness of the Pacific that confronted sailors, the strain on the mind and bodies of Prisoners of War, and humor viewed through the eyes of the veterans. As you read their stories listen to the voices of these veterans and picture in your mind an aging color guard from a local veteran's post

visualize them marching into the mist, to the sound of distant drums and the muted bugle's call, along with the men and women who have gone before. There are no large marble memorials to these individual veterans

their monument is a free United States. I am left with one thought about the experience of speaking with these people

God bless the United States of America and all who serve her.