Charles Ott Jr. - 2008 Honoree

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Charles A. Ott Jr., Class of 1937 was both a dynamic private businessman and an accomplished military leader. As the longtime director of the family business, Ott’s Hardware, he directed the many features of that all –purpose store and its associated construction and repair work. A 1941 graduate of Stanford University, Ott commenced his army career as a newly commissioned officer in the regular army, serving with distinction throughout WWII. In 1950 he joined the 40th Infantry Division of the California National Guard as a Lieutenant Colonel and served in the 981st Field Artillery Battalion. In 1974 the President appointed Ott Director of the Army National Guard, a job he held until his retirement in 1978.





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