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Korean War - U.S. Army

Charles William Turner

  • Rank: Sergeant First Class
  • Conflict/Era: Korean War
  • Unit/Command:
    2d Reconnaissance Company,
    2d Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 2, 1950
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Yongsan, Korea
Sfc. Turner distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. A large enemy force launched a mortar- and automatic-weapon-supported assault against his platoon. Sfc. Turner, a section leader, quickly organized his unit for defense and then observed that the attack was directed at the tank section 100 yards away. Leaving his secured section, he dashed through a hail of fire to the threatened position and, mounting a tank, manned the exposed turret machine gun. Disregarding the intense enemy fire he calmly held this position, delivering deadly accurate fire and pointing out targets for the tank's 75-mm gun. His action resulted in the destruction of seven enemy machine-gun nests. Although severely wounded he remained at the gun shouting encouragement to his comrades. During the action the tank received over 50 direct hits; the periscopes and antenna were shot away and three rounds hit the machine-gun mount. Despite this fire he remained at his post until a burst of enemy fire cost his life. This intrepid and heroic performance enabled the platoon to withdraw and later launch an attack which routed the enemy. Sfc. Turner's valor and example reflect the highest credit upon himself and are in keeping with the esteemed traditions of the U.S. Army.
Medal of Honor Recipient Charles W. Turner
Medal of Honor Recipient Charles W. Turner
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Massachusetts
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: January 9, 1951
    The White House, presented by Pres. Harry S. Truman to his Mother
  • Born: May 28, 1921, Boston, Suffolk County, MA, United States
  • Died: September 1, 1950, Yongsan, Korea
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (MH) (12-7762), Arlington, VA, United States

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