FRAMINGHAM, MA -- Mayor Charlie Sisitsky and the 11-member City Council declared today, October 9th, 2023 as Charles “Charlie” Audet Day in the City of Framingham.
One of 10 children born to a French-Canadian family in Fitchburg, Charlie turned 105 years old today, October 9th, 2023!
Audet graduated from high school and was working as a bell hop when he was drafted to serve in World War II in 1941, at the age of 23. Only 5-feet, 2-inches, all of his U.S. Army clothes has to be custom-made.
Audet was a member of the first American paratrooper unit during World War II. Audet was wounded by shrapnel during the Battle of the Bulge in January of 1945. Of the 750 members from the 509th at the Battle of the Bulge, only 48 were not injured or died. Audet ended his U.S. Army career as a corporal and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for his service.
Audet returned to the States after the war and graduated from Boston University in three years, via the GI Bill. Charlie Audet then had a successful career as an accountant.
Audet met the love of his life Eleanore and married her on April 18, 1953. They lived in Leominster for four years before buying a green ranch house in Framingham in 1957. Charlie and Eleanore served as foster parents, and were a loving presence to 4 dozen nieces and nephews.
Audet, continues to live in his green ranch house on Central Street, years later.
Today on October 9, Mayor Sisitsky, City Councilor Michael Cannon, Veterans Agent Kathleen Lang, Veterans Council member Robert Downing and Veterans Council member Bill Blumsack visited Audet at his house, where several members of his family had gathered, and presented him with the official proclamation declaring it Charlie Audet Day.
Source: Framingham public information.