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Charles Thomas Payne
Born 1925 (age 84–85)
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Charles Payne greets his great-niece by marriage Michelle Obama (off frame) and his great nephew Barack Obama in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, on the 65th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. (Payne's wife, Melanie Payne, is also off-frame.)
Place of birth Augusta, Kansas, USA
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1943–1945
Rank private
Unit 89th Infantry Division
Battles/wars World War II
Relations Madelyn Lee Payne (sister)
Stanley A. Dunham (brother-in-law)
Stanley Ann Dunham (niece)
Barack Obama (grandnephew)
Other work University of Chicago Library

Charles Thomas Payne (born 1925) is an American who served in the U.S. military during World War II as a member of the division that liberated Ohrdruf, a subcamp of the Buchenwald concentration camp.[1][2][3] He was 20 years old at the time. He is Barack Obama's great uncle (the younger brother of his late maternal grandmother Madelyn Lee Payne Dunham) and has been mentioned in Obama's speeches including the one given in 2009 commemorating the anniversary of D-Day.[4]

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References

  1. ^ Obama kin recalls liberating Nazi camp Great-uncle was appalled by what he witnessed July 23, 2008 Associated Press
  2. ^ Carla K. Johnson Obama's great-uncle recalls liberating Nazi camp July 22, 2008 Associated Press
  3. ^ Profile: Obama's great-uncle Charles Payne June 5, 2009 BBC News
  4. ^ Steve Chaggaris Morning Bulletin: Friday, June 5, 2009 June 5, 2009 CBS News

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