In Memory of
Charles Ireson Briggs
Fulton, South Dakota
Hanson County
January 10, 1922 - December 13, 1943
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea - Okinawa, Japan

Charles Ireson Briggs

Charles Ireson Briggs was born in Huron, South Dakota in the Sprague Hospital, on January 10, 1922, to Claude and Magdalene Briggs.  He had one brother named Alfred. Charles grew up and attended grade school and high school in Forestburg, South Dakota.  He graduated from Forestburg High School.  Charles attended Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, South Dakota for two years before entering the Navy.

Mr. Briggs took his naval training at the Naval Base in Virginia.  He received his wings June 10, 1943 at Corpus Christi, Texas.  On his first command flight, Ensign Briggs and a crew of eight others were shot down, presumably by a submarine, when they were not far from land.  The shots were presumed to be from a submarine as one was targeted and destroyed just a few days later in the same area. The date he was declared “missing in action” was December 13, 1942.  The following telegrams were received by his mother Mrs. Magdalene Briggs, on December 14, 1943:

“Deeply regret to inform you that your son, Ensign Charles Ireson Briggs, USNR, is 19 hours overdue from routine training flight and is missing at sea, presumably after airplane crash of unknown cause. Search by aircraft is being continued night and day. Assure you of my sincere sympathy and that I will inform you promptly of any success resulting from the search now in progress.”

 Lt. Comd., U.S. Navy Squadron Commander


“Sincerely regret that intensive search has failed to reveal trace of missing plane or of your son, Ensign Charles Ireson Briggs, USNR, who mush now be presumed to have met his death on the morning of December 13, 1943. Memorial services will be conducted at the Naval Auxiliary Air Station, Harvey Point, NC, on Sunday, December 19, at 10 A.M. My deepest sympathy goes out to you in your great loss which is shared by all squadron personnel. ”

Wm. A. Sullivan, Lt. Comd., USNR Squadron Commander

Tablets of Missing at East Coast Memorial

Tablets of Missing at East Coast Memorial

Ensign Charles I. Briggs is memorialized at the Tablets of the Missing at East Coast Memorial, New York City, NY.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Katie Albertson, 8th grade, Rutland Junior High School, Rutland, South Dakota, April 2, 2002.  Information for this entry was provided by Jewell (Briggs) Morrow, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, sister in law of Charles Ireson Briggs and from newspaper clippings.