Charles Draper

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Charles Draper was born in San Gabriel, California back in 1901. When he was 18 he joined the Army, in 1921 he had already been promoted to sergeant. He was selected to attend the United States Military Academy graduating in 1926. After graduation, he served in the Philippines and Shanghai.

In 1942, he had advanced through the ranks, as a colonel he took command of the 116th Infantry shortly before it sailed to England. His command was alongside of the 1st Infantry and the 16th Infantry to land on Omaha beach on D-Day.   If you’ve seen Saving Private Ryan the opening scene depicts the conditions under which Charles regiment landed on the Dog Green sector.

A Sergeant Bob Slaughter remembers Charles screaming at soldiers to move off the beach and go kill Germans. Don McCarthy remembers Charles walking upright in the face of enemy fire, he states “I got the hell out of there and moved forward. I was more afraid of the Colonel that I was of the Germans.”

What you may not know about Charles Draper Canham his that when he entered the headquarters of the Lieutenant General, Hermann-Bernard Ramcke to accept the surrender of the German Army, Hermann demanded to know the lower ranking Canham’s credentials as a condition of surrender. Carham pointed to the dirty and tired American soldiers he had brought with him to witness the surrender and said, “These are my credentials.” The New York Times, wrote, that statement of a combat leader the greatest tribute ever paid to the real power of the American Army, the individual soldier.

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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

A fitting portrayal of Him and the group of men that came with him that day.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 27, 2019 03:50 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good mornng, James Dray the perfect piece of history to share this morning.... 

May 27, 2019 03:56 AM #2
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Credientials for sure...a very well timed post !

May 27, 2019 04:59 AM #3
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Interesting post on the eve of the 75th DDay.  Lots of Americans and other nations are in France for the ocasion.  A

May 27, 2019 05:37 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is a really powerful and poignant story about an incredible person.

May 27, 2019 05:45 AM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Some men are natural leaders who give the credit to those they lead! Charles is the perfect example. Thanks!

May 27, 2019 05:54 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

An appropriate post indeed for this fine day of remembrance!  I hope that your day is being enjoyed!

May 27, 2019 06:27 AM #7
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

What a powerful statement and a fitting tribute to all that have served.

May 27, 2019 06:46 AM #8
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

A great post for this or any day James Dray .

May 27, 2019 07:10 AM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - very appropriate for this day.  As General Eisenhower said the truly heroic figure of the war was GI Joe.

May 27, 2019 07:12 AM #10
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That was well said and a very true statement about the power of workling together in the face of eminent danger.

May 27, 2019 07:32 AM #11
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James -  since it is geographically close to me San Gabriel CA is well-known for many things and I now can add one more to that.  

May 27, 2019 07:34 AM #12
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - What a wonderful tribute on such a special day. My husband grew up one block from the border of San Gabriel in Monterey Park!

May 27, 2019 02:12 PM #13
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 And now we called them the greatest generation ever (The American soldier) for all they went through to give us our freedom’s not to mention keeping the ones we had, James Dray ..

May 27, 2019 05:01 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Ok James- this has been my favorite bit of history post so far!!!!!

May 27, 2019 06:43 PM #15
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James, kudos to you for highlighting this USMA graduate and a true hero... I have not seen the movie you referenced but knew the history first one in  long time.... Endre

May 27, 2019 11:43 PM #16
faye schubert
Branson, MO
technology and marketing specialist

Now that is LEADERSHIP at it's finest. Success is bigger than one person.

May 30, 2019 08:07 AM #17
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

That was a great history lesson and a tremendous example of leadership.


May 30, 2019 06:07 PM #18
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