Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

City Marshal Charles C. Wilson

Oceanside Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, July 4, 1889

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Reflections for City Marshal Charles C. Wilson

I am the great great grandchild of CC Wilson. I have always known he died in the line of duty and been proud of that sacrifice. When I became aware of this site, it warmed my heart that his devotion to the people of Oceanside is remembered by fellow officers whom he would be proud to call brothers. Thank you Marshal Wilson and all that have followed you.

Wendy Goodwin

March 15, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. You are not forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

July 4, 2018

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

July 13, 2015


Matt Lyons

June 20, 2014

With much gratitude to City Marshall Wilson for his sacrifice and to Oceanside Police Corporal Matt Lyons for making sure the Marshall has been remembered on this site at least since 2003.

Mark Peifer
Citizen of O'side.

April 28, 2012

Rest in Peace, Marshal Wilson. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 19, 2012

RIP Marshal! Your sacrifice is not without reason and purpose! Oceanside has become a great city in a great nation! You are the reason!

Corporal Matt Lyons

July 5, 2011

Its been 122 years, but you are not forgotten. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

C. Yarbrough

July 4, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the one hundred and twenty-first anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

To Matt Lyons: Thank you for your dedication in seeing that fallen officers are not forgotten and that they are honored and revered.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 4, 2010

Yours is not forgotten!

"If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything!"

RIP Cowboy!

Officer Matt Lyons

December 21, 2009

Your date of sacrifice is soon upon us and people remember who are and what you sacrificed! Let we forget!

Police Corporal Matt Lyons
Oceanside Police Department

June 16, 2008

Rest in Peace! You are not forgotten!

Police Corporal Matt Lyons (Historian)
Oceanside Police Department, Cal

May 16, 2008

Rest in Peace Marshal!

Police Corporal Matt Lyons (Historian)
Oceanside Police Department, Cal

January 21, 2008

On this 4th we will never forget the sacrifice you made! RIP Marshal Wilson!

Officer Matt Lyons
Oceanside Police Department

July 4, 2007



May 14, 2007

We lost another recently! Say hi to Danny Bessant and show him the ropes! He appreciated our OPD fallen officers and his legacy is much like yours. A solid citizen and lawman!

Officer Matt Lyons
Oceanside Police Department

December 26, 2006

Rest in Peace! Lest we Forget!

Matt Lyons

August 16, 2006

City Marshal Wilson the date of your death and murder while serving as a protector of the peace for Oceanside has come yet another year. Each year counts away time, but does not swerve our steady resolve to remember your sacrifice to America, California, and the pioneer beginnings of this great city we call Oceanside. Lest we forget! God Bless!

Matt Lyons
Oceanside Police Department

August 5, 2006

City Marshal Wilson was missed a great deal by his brother Keno, who lamented his death many years after Charlie's murder. Wilson is a brother to me as well and his service was honorable! God Bless this officer. Lest we forget!

Oceanside Officer

June 15, 2006

We will never forget! Yours was not in vain!

Matt Lyons

May 24, 2006

We will never forget!

Police Officer Matt Lyons
Oceanside Police Department

February 5, 2006

Oceanside City Marshal Charles Clinton Wilson was buried in the Buena Vista Cemetary, Oceanside, Ca (Which no longer exist) and was located in South Oceanside, on Vista Way where the SR-78 onramp begins. The cemetary was where most of the original town founders had been buried, including City Marshal Charlie Wilson. Early newspaper reports explain how a developer petitioned the City and in 1970 approval was given to build a Filling (Gas) Station and Hunter Staek House, on top of where the old cemetary once stood. There were few records that explain where all of the 45 deceased were reinterred. Some were moved to surrounding Oceanside Cemetaries and some in the now City of San Diego. Some reports do establish that some graves had been left underneath the pavement where the Steak house and Gas Station now stand and the headstones were discarded. Although a major ethical and historical tragedy, today there remains only a small marble stone in the side walk out in front of the steak house, embedded in the sidewalk. There area 45 names of those known to originally have been buried there. Oceanside starting using this cemetary during 1885 when the early pioneers began settling there, before the City was even incorporated. The stone relects that City Marshal Wilson was buried on July 2, 1889, which is incorrect and contridicts all other information known to include the San Diego Coroners report that reflects the his murder/death occurred on July 4, 1889, and then his subsequent burial after the 4th. This is written to document this hero's final resting place, so that others who area interested can locate him. City Marshal Wilson may you rest in peace!

Cpl Matt Lyons
Oceanside Police Dept.

June 27, 2005

I am trying to locate the final resting place of City Marshal C.C. Wilson. I will post it when I find it. May he rest in peace!

Officer Matt Lyons
Oceanside Police Department, California

January 6, 2005

Your are not forgotten on this 4th of July 2004. Rest in Peace!

Officer Matt Lyons
Oceanside Police Department

July 3, 2004

On May 5th 2004, a memorial will be placed in front of the current Oceanside Police Department, 3855 Mission Ave, Oceanside, California honoring the lives and service of Oceanside’s fallen officers, City Marshal Charles "C.C.” Wilson; City Marshal John E. Mugan; and Police Officer Tony Zeppetella. Their sacrifices and the loss by their families is more than any community should have to ask of its Public Servants. Those who wear the badge on their chest, know all too well how quickly the ultimate price can be made in the pursuit of peace and civility. Whether the life is taken during the 19th Century or present day, each is valued in its loss and impact on the betterment of society. Better to have stood in the face of tyranny and fallen for a cause greater than you in hopes that others may enjoy peace, than to have recognized malice and not have acted! God Bless Marshal Wilson, Marshal Mugan and Officer Zeppetella. You did your duty! Rest in peace! We will continue your work!

Officer Matt Lyons
Oceanside Police Department

May 3, 2004

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