Charles Kastner is a Seattle based writer and financial manager. The University of New Mexico Press published his history of the first footrace across America in 2007. Syracuse University Press published his history of the second trans-America race in 2014, and his study of one of the leading runners in both races, Eddie Gardner of Seattle, in 2020. Kastner won the Peace Corps Writers 2020 Paul Cowan Non-Fiction Award for his study of Eddie Gardner. He has also contributed chapters to two books dealing with his experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer as well as writing for Marathon and Beyond and Northwest Runner magazines. He holds advanced degrees in business, history, and environmental biology.
In the following article independent historian Charles Kastner describes the 1944-1945 tour of Alberta Hunter and the Rhythm Rascals who became the first black USO performing unit to Visit the China-Burma-India Theater of World War II. The China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater of World War Two, was … Read MoreAlberta Hunter and the Rhythm Rascals in the China-Burma-India Theater of World War II