Marine Corps Legacy Museum


The Marine Corps
Legacy Museum
Received the
Col. John H. Magruder III
Award for 2003

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Col. Charles H. Waterhouse

A Born in Columbus GA. on 22 Sept. 1924 he attended the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts. The Colonel enlisted in the Crops in August of 1943 and was assigned to the 5th Division. He participated in the invasion of Iwo Jima where he was wounded on the second day ashore.

Discharged he worked as an artist for the U.S. Navy Art Program and went to Vietnam, producing works for all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Waterhouse accepted a commission as a Major in the Corps in May of 1973 and began two years of an average 14 hour day to produce a 14 painting series of historically accurate and exceptionally well researched set on the U.S. Marines in the Revolution. As he was doing this, as if it was not enough, he also produced more than 70 drawings on 11 plates to illustrate the Official written history: Marines in the Revolution. Published as the bicentennial contribution of the Marine Corps.

Extended for five years with many repeat extensions Waterhouse kept working on fantastic  paintings which document the history of the Marines.

He has completed several major projects besides the Revolution series, some of which are Marines in the Frigate Navy, and Marines in the Conquest of California, John Brown's Raid at Harper's Ferry, The Raid on Fort Fischer, Cpl Mackie at Drewry's Bluff, The Battle of Cuzco Wells, On Patrol in Panama and a series about the Marines with Commodore Perry on an early visit to Japan.

This Marine has set the standard for accuracy and life which all future Marine Corps artists will be judged by. Often referred to as, "The Norman Rockwell of the Corps," he currently has published a collection of his works which has over 256 pages of full color works.

Colonel Waterhouse retired from the Marine Corps Reserve in the winter of 1991.


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