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Marine who helped Charlie Two Shoes dies

Posted August 30, 2010
Updated August 31, 2010

— A former Marine, who helped bring Charlie Two Shoes to the United States, has died.

William Alex Bullard, 84, of Autryville, died on Aug. 17, according to Butler Funeral Home.

Charlie Two Shoes was the nickname given to an 11-year-old boy in north China who befriended Camp Lejeune Marines when they were stationed there in 1946.

After the marines left, the boy, whose real name is Charlie Twee, was persecuted by the communist government for his ties to the Marines.

When the boy was released more than 35 years later, Bullard helped Charlie and his family start a new life in Chapel Hill.

Twee was made an honorary Marine in a ceremony in 2002.


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  • Shagger Aug 31, 2010

    He was a great uncle, and a man who loved not only his family (including his extended family) and friends, but his community, state, and country as well. He was very civic minded and encouraged others to serve their country by voting, etc. He also helped others who were in need. But more than all of that, he was a Christian and didn't mind telling others about his Lord, who he served faithfully as long as he lived.

  • unclegrits Aug 31, 2010

    What happend to the resturant? Retire? And yes Charlie is very nice guy.

  • lilybell Aug 31, 2010

    WRAL needs some copy editors. Using future tense (will be held) when this was in the past is silly. That said, love Charlie and really, really miss his restaurant.

  • bmatt Aug 31, 2010

    Yes, Charlie spoke at the funeral. Wonderful tribute to their friendship. He has a beautiful family as well. For a man who would have a reason to be bitter and angry over his mistreatment in his earlier years, Charlie is a picture of love and grace.

  • NC Reader Aug 31, 2010

    I'm sorry to hear this, having heard this story since I was a child. Every time one of our WWII veterans dies, I feel a little loss inside. Is Mr. Twee still living?

  • bmatt Aug 31, 2010

    Yes, August 20th. Mr. Bullard passed away August 17th and was buried on August 20th. Beautiful service for a wonderful man -- Christian leader in the community, devoted husband, father, and grandfather. An example for us to follow. He will be missed.

  • ncguy Aug 31, 2010

    Thank you Mr Bullard, not only for your service but also for giving Charlie a home in chapel hill.

    Charlie made the best chinese food in the area!

  • nandud Aug 31, 2010

    Funeral on August 20 or September 20?

    Anyway, I remember reading a story about this in Reader's Digest a few years ago. Very touching.

  • wtf071986 Aug 31, 2010

    oohrah! Way to go Marine. May you rest in peace now. Thank you for your service all those many years ago.