Charles Hackney was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, son of Maggie Hackney.
He volunteered his services for the war at Knoxville in May 1917 and was assigned to Company M, 9th Infantry, 2nd Division. His organization sailed for overseas duty in November 1917. He was killed in action June 2, 1918, in the American defense of the Chateau-Thierry sector in the Marne salient. He died at the age of 29 and is interred at A,11,79, Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, Belleau, France.
- Rank: Corporal
- Date of birth: 4 June 1889
- Date of death: 2 June 1918
- County: Knox
- Hometown: Knoxville
- Service Branch: Army
- Division/Assignment: Company M, 9th Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War I
- Battles: Chateau Thierry
- Burial/Memorial Location: Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, Belleau, France
- Location In Memorial: Pillar IV, Top Panel
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