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 stop by this website often after the death of two dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003). Unfortunately, I had to add the name of another friend recently. Deputy Jeffery Hewitt, Buncombe County (NC) Sheriff’s Department, E.O.W. April 4, 2004.

I want to honor all of those who gave their life in the line of duty. Although your death was many many years ago, you are still a hero.

God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.

...Gone, but never Forgotten....

Marti Ingle (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)

April 9, 2004

Merry Christmas! Marshal Wilson you are remembered!

Officer Matt Lyons
Oceanside Police Department

December 18, 2003

Marshal Charles Wilson you are not forgotten. History tells us that your brother Keno continued your family tradition of Law Enforcement and even went on to become the Chief of Police of San Diego Police Department. Thank you Marshal for your sacrifice.

Officer Matt Lyons
Oceanside Police Department

November 14, 2003

How successful an organization is and how its members view the organization can best be affected by how the organizations treats or recognizes it past members' sacrifices and achievements. City Marshal Charles Wilson was an early pioneer of law enforcement in the City of Oceanside, the County of San Diego, the State of California, and yes even the United States. The hardships he endured and obstacles he overcame cannot be measured by today's standards. Equally this could be said of present day Police Officers in comparison to the times of the late 1800's and early 1900's, when Oceanside City Marshal Wilson served. One thing that remains unchanged is the basic mission of keeping the peace, preserving order and the high risk involved when any officer (Present Day or Old West) puts their lives on the line in pursuit of a worthy objective. Many of the Officers today may not readily know who City Marshal Charles Wilson was, but most likely share the same ethos that is known by all who wear a badge and sometimes go into harm's way.

I am respectfully submitting this reflection as recognition for the sacrifice and acts of bravery City Marshal Charles Wilson exhibited on the day of his death. Officers like City Marshal Wilson of the 19th Century, who have been overlooked, for their heroic and brave service are equally valued still today as we enter the 21st Century. The essence of promoting "Espirt de Corps" is embedded in how we treat our fallen.

City Marhsal Charles Wilson you did your duty and Oceanside is a better place because of you.

Respectfully Submitted,

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