Charles R. Gutherie of Slater served in the United States Navy enlisting in 1973, and retired in 1996 with the rank E-6 and was ships serviceman first class petty officer.
His areas of active duty included the following: 1973-1975, served on the USS Little Rock CLG-4, Flagship of the 6th Fleet and Gaeta Italy; 1975-1996, naval Reserves with 16 duty assignments and served on the USS Little Rock CLG-4, USS Power DD-839, USS Hollister DD-788, USS Samuel Gompers AD-37, USS Bryce Canyon AD-36, USS Seattle AOE-3, USS Brystol County Lst-1198, US Racine LST-1191, USS Peoria LST-1183, USS Hepburn FF-1055, US Missouri BB-63, USS George Phillip FG-12, USS Hewes FF-1078 and USS Enterprise CVN-65.
During his years of duty, he received many awards, medals and ribbons: Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal 2nd award, Navy "E" ribbon, Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, National Defense Medal with one Bronze Star, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Naval Reserve Sea Service Ribbon, Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon and Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Hourglass.
Guthrie and his wife, Brenda, have two children, Frank and Amanda, and their grandchildren, Austin, Mady and Kendize. The family attends and are active members of Slater Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
In his retirement, he has been employed at Slater Foodliner.
He spends much of his time doing volunteer work in various areas but his work with the veterans is his greatest joy. He is a member of Slater American Legion Post No. 78, serving as chaplain. He has served also as finance officer, service officer and adjutant.
He is a member of Voiture 333 of 40 and 8, serving as assistant chaplain.
He has hosted programs for Missouri State Veterans Recognition for World War II, Korea and Vietnam Veterans; support our troop rallies; 9/11 programs; welcome home to the troops; Operation Private Santa, collecting items to send to the troops for Christmas and lap robes drives for veterans at the VA Hospital in Columbia, veterans homes in Mexico, Mo., and Warrensburg.
Gutherie has served on the commissioning committee for the state of Missouri for the new submarine USS Missouri SSN 780.
He is responsible for veteran interviews for the state program, Missouri veteran stories and works with the Marshall Democrat News on veteran interviews.
He serves on the board of directors for the Show Me Honor Flight, taking veterans to Washington D.C. to see their memorials.