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Sunset Retreat to honor Jordan

November 11, 2006|By ERIC GALVAN, Staff Writer

Charles Jordan isn’t one to talk or brag about his time in the U.S. Navy in the mid-1950s.

Get him talking and he’s more likely to talk about helping others than himself.

To civilians or those in the military, Jordan’s dedicated the better part of his life to helping as many people as he can.

“Charles Jordan, himself, is one of the most patriotic people I’ve met in the area,” U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class John Lowndes said. “He’s done a lot of things to remember those that are not only past veterans, but who are currently serving in the military.”

Tonight, Jordan will be honored at the annual Sunset Retreat, hosted by Korean War Veterans Post 165, the United Veterans Council of Imperial County and the Imperial County Historical Society.

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In serving as president of the Calexico Host Lions Club, the work that Jordan did was enough for Lowndes to request a medal for Jordan.

In February, the Department of the Army awarded Jordan with the Commander’s Award for Public Service, the second-highest civilian honor an individual can receive through the Department of Defense.

“First and foremost, he never expected any awards for the work he’s done,” Lowndes said. “He never did any of this, and this is just a metaphor, he never did it as a way of getting into heaven.

“He felt that today’s American military man or woman needed to be supported by the community,” Lowndes said. “It was just a way of bringing light to the fact that the military is a very positive organization.”

Jordan has helped organize programs for new Valley enlistees, working with other local organizations to give them $50 checks, free meals at Hometown Buffet in Calexico and free checking accounts.

He has also helped set up clinics in Calexico.

“We all have a responsibility to our fellow man,” Jordan said during a phone interview Thursday. “And I think I did my share.”

Lowndes concedes, as a man, Jordan is someone who “I don’t think anybody would want to work for.

“He pushes everyone to their limits. He’s a task master and very goal-oriented,” Lowndes said.

But it’s that mentality that Lowndes said would have helped Jordan get to the top ranks of his military branch had he stayed in.

Now, Jordan finds himself in a battle with multiple forms of cancer. But he’s proud that he was able to help as many people as possible.

“I’m just proud that I had the time to do it,” Jordan said.

Added Lowndes: “I think the Imperial Valley has been blessed and fortunate to know him. He’s a man who has been quite the hero and quite the patriot.”

>> Staff Writer Eric Galvan can be reached at 337-3441 or at egalvan@ivpressonline.com

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