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Charles Joseph Watters



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Arlington National Cemetery

BORN:  January 17, 1927 at Jersey City, NJ

Entered Service in the US Army from Fort Dix, NJ

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism on November 19, 1967 at Hil 875, Dak To, Kontum Province, Vietnam

DIED:  November 19, 1967 at the age of 40

Chaplain Watters was accompanying an Infantry company when it engaged a heavily armed enemy battalion. As the mounted, with complete disregard for his safety he rushed forward to the line of contact. Unarmed and completely exposed, he moved among, as well as in front of the advancing troops, giving aid to the wounded, assisting in their evacuation, and administering the last rites to the dying. When a wounded paratrooper was standing in shock in front of the assaulting forces, he ran forward, picked the man up on his shoulders and carried him to safety. As the troopers battled to the first enemy entrenchment, he ran to the front of it to aid a fallen comrade. A short time later, the paratroopers pulled back in preparation for a second assault. Chaplain Watters exposed himself to both friendly and enemy fire between the two forces in order to recover two wounded soldiers. When the battalion was forced to pull back into a perimeter, he saw that several wounded soldiers were lying outside the newly formed perimeter. He left the perimeter three times to carry and to assist the injured troopers to safety. Chaplain Watters was giving aid to the wounded when he himself was mortally wounded.



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