Charles W. Hunt dropped out of college early in 1967 and joined the Navy Reserve in hopes of staying out of combat in Vietnam. In 1969 the Navy sent him to South Vietnam where he spent 345 days as engineman and aft gunner on a fifty foot patrol boat. Petty Officer Hunt was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V" for courage under fire.
He returned home and honed his technical skills repairing automobiles. During the course of his career, he accumulated numerous certifications including Ford Senior Master Technician and ASE/ASIA World Class Technician. Competing in numerous technical skill challenges, he placed first in the Ford Philadelphia District in 1987 and First in the Eastern Region in 1989. In 2002 and 2007 he qualified as a Ford Ultimate Master Technician.
In 1972 he married his wife Claire and began their family. God blessed them with 3 children in the years to come. They became foster parents for other children from time to time and later raised 2 of their own grandchildren.
In 1976 Charles accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He went on to serve at his local church as Sunday School teacher, Youth Group leader, Elder, and Worship leader.
In 2011 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and then in 2013 bladder cancer. Radiation and chemotherapy slowed the prostate cancer but failed to eradicate it. In 2014 the cancer had advanced to stage four and treatment continues. Charles is currently receiving full benefits from the Veterans Administration as the Agent Orange defoliant used in Vietnam is believed to be the likely cause of his cancer.
After retiring in 2015 he spends his time gardening and caring for the family homestead that has been in the family for generations. Charles still serves the Lord through various mission trips and ministries in the local church. His special ministry is fixing cars and equipment for those in need or persons serving in full time ministry.