Charles E. Minor served his country with honor in the U.S. Navy for 34 years. He joined the Navy at age 15. He served in The Spanish-American War aboard the U.S.S. Brooklyn, The Boxer Rebellion and World War I. He was promoted to Petty Officer in 1907 and ten years later to Chief Petty Officer, one of only four African-Americans to achieve such a rank in that era. At the time of his retirement he was serving aboard the U.S.S. Constellation. He retired to Newport, Rhode Island where he worked as an electrician.