by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident
Handsome resident Charles Revilla is a coal miner’s son, born July 6, 1926 in Imboden, Virginia. His father quit mining when he got married in Rose Hill, Va. and tried farming, but was not fond of the profession. Nor was he happy with Ford’s Detroit industries he tried, so he returned to Imboden as a coal miner. His father retired at 65 years old and had many stories to tell about mining, including a close call he had when a rock roof collapsed, killing his partner.
Needless to say, Charles chose a different career path, with the aid of the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was drafted, served from 1944-46 and had experience with atomic bomb testing at Bikini lagoon in the Pacific. The great thing about serving in the Navy was his eligibility for college on the GI bill, although he worked for his father in the timber yard outside the coal mine immediately after leaving the service.Read More