Charles Oropallo in High School
Charles Oropallo attended Bishop Gibbons High School in Schenectady, New York. He was living with his grandparents in Loudonville, New York at that time .
Charles was fascinated by electricity and electronics from a very young age. He was one to scour the surrounding neighborhoods on trash day for discarded electronic items. Charles did this through his teenage years. He would disassemble them for any salvageable parts to build various electronic devices.
Another serious interest of Charles Oropallo’s was astronomy. Charles had various telescopes throughout his teen years and through high school. It made perfect sense that he would turn into a “Trekkie” once the original Star Trek started its debut. The original Star Trek series debuted in the United States on NBC. Star Trek told the tale of the crew of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission was “to boldly go where no man has gone before.” Charles watched the very showing of that on that infamous Thursday evening on September 8, 1966.
The photography club was one of Charles’s favorite pastimes when he was in high school. Charles Oropallo enjoyed taking photos and developing them. He also ran track as a sprinter for a short time. Charles was not a sports enthusiast. He did not stay involved with sports as a rule. But he did enjoy running and jogging.
Charles Oropallo joins the USMC
Charles left high school to join the United States Marine Corps. He did that shortly after he turned seventeen in 1969. PFC Charles Oropallo is shown above on the parade deck. It was on a beautiful June graduation day from Parris Island. Charles was plenty relieved to complete that training. He was also very proud to have received his promotion to Private First Class from boot camp. That honor was bestowed upon only five to have graduated in platoon 157.
Charles Oropallo earned a High School General Equivalency Diploma about eight months after he joined the Marine Corps. He then applied and received a High School Diploma from Bishop Gibbons High School in 1972. Charles accomplished that based on his Marine Corp GED testing scores.
Charles Oropallo was Honorably Discharged after serving the three years of active duty he volunteered for.